Trains, bikes and a tube station for Camberwell?

So continuing on the theme of transport highlighted in the last post there have been several recent developments and announcments on the transport front which will bring benefits to Camberwell.

Denmark Hill Station
The Denmark Hill Station redevelopment is reaching completition with a fancy new footbridge and lifts which, according to the station operator, are set to open in August 2013. You will recall that when the redevelopment started in 2011 we were told it would be completed for Summer 2012 so a year later we are finally nearing the end.

The London Overground services continue to impress and help to put Camberwell on the map. I continue to feel that there has been a missed opportunity to explicitly mention Camberwell in the station signs, the line map or in the title, eg ‘Denmark Hill for Camberwell’ — Denmark Hill is part of Camberwell not a separate place.

Cycle Superhighway 5
Transport for London have published plans for its cycle superhighway 5 which runs from New Cross to Westminster including along Camberwell New Road and Camberwell Church Street. The plans will bring wider benefits to Camberwell with the creation of semi-segregated bus and cycle ways, changes to the junction of Denmark Hill and Camberwell Church Street, widening of pavements and secondary measures such as a 20mph limit. TfL have also pledged to undertake changes to the junctions near Oval tube station and around Vauxhall Cross which will make things safer for cyclists. In its separate cycling strategy TfL have pledged to bring the cycle hire scheme, aka Boris Bikes, Southwards to places like Camberwell.

As I’m sure you are aware our area has one of the lowest rates of car ownership in the UK and yet the main roads are dominated by motor vehicles. The beauty of the cycle superhighways is that they can be implemented in a relatively short time — TfL have promised that most of the work will be completed in 2014 and everything will be done by 2015. TfL have ambitious plans to increase cycling across the whole of London: making an area like Camberwell cycle friendly makes it people friendly

And finally a tube station for Camberwell?
Mayor Boris has been busy setting out his vision for transport for the next 20 years in his 2020 Vision document. It includes lots of grand statements about future developments including a pledge to seek funding to extend the Bakerloo Line beyond Elephant to Camberwell, Peckham and further. Whilst only the opening salvo in a bid for Government funding this strategy is an important rallying document- Southwark Council have already pledged £50,000 to carry out a feasibility study for the tube. I dont want to get my hopes up too high ‑they have been talking about Camberwell underground station since the 1930s you will recall–  but I hope this time that funding and political will can be found to make Camberwell tube station a reality.

63 thoughts on “Trains, bikes and a tube station for Camberwell?”

  1. Tamar would be good.

    Or Jayden.

    The Robin Hood and Little John pub corner of Lilford and Flaxman is up for sale with no takers yet, a melancholy sight. The Union Flag on the roof is limp. We are no longer allowed to call it the Union Jack or Union Cock. The national colours flag, they are limp. No more roast beef of old England is served there. Well, no-one is. Someone has nicked the O and I from ROBIN so he’s now RBN HOOD, KFC-style but still no takers.

    How long before McDonalds becomes McDs. Oh ma Ds. Children these days don’t remember Kentucky Fried Chicken. What is — or isn’t — going on? JAY Z has lost his hyphen. But I ain’t going to argue with him or his entourage.

    Ramble, ramble. You know what? Any pub talk is a bit boring, a bit like talking to people in pubs, but in Britain the decline of pubs is a bit like the decline of butterflies, bees and hedgerows. What would George Orwell have made of it?

    A pint of beer now commonly costs £4.30, so a session of session-drinking would total around £25–30 quid. Can’t Tony Blair become pub tsar rather than fussing around in the Middle East where people don’t drink much? Imagine if a pint of good honest beer cost a pound. The pubs would be full of people once again, the toilets would be overflowing.

    As I walked past the ‘Hood with my quid can of Strongbow, a lady with an aluminium crutch said, out of the blue, rather disconcertingly, “Hallelujah!”

  2. @Alan Dale Went yesterday. A lot of merriment was had by all. Helped by Mr. Chucklehead and his cider.

    Go check out the vegetable art! There is an amazing exhibit called Arty-choke and features Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi. In my humble opinion they were robbed of the first prize.…Pay your two pounds and lodge a complaint with the judging committee.

  3. Radio 3 reminded us this morning that today 22 July is the day the Pied Piper of Hamelin piped the children away according to our own Robert Browning’s version. They played this charming piece of piping by Walter Mourant which seems to go with a hot dog day like this.

  4. I adored the vegetable figurines. Patrick Moore and his planets, and the Sesame Street bunch were all wonderful.

    In more prosaic terms, can anyone recommend a good window cleaner? My flat is turning into a desert, and google is so full of spam websites that finding someone real is nigh on impossible. Any help much appreciated.

  5. Kat

    Try this guy Stuart 07818 880995.
    I live of Coldharbour at LJ and he is local I have just started using him as my last window cleaner disappeared.

  6. Browning would be pleased to know that he is still celebrated by dint of a Southwark Parking/APCOA office on his street. Only open between 2.30 and 4.30 on weekdays. So strictly poets’ hours then.

Comments are closed.