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Lewisham station to see £5.5 million study on major upgrade

New builds beside station

The excellent IanVisits reported yesterday that £5.5 million has been allocated to look into improving Lewisham station as both passenger numbers and towers rise around the station.

Why has it taken so long you may wonder. None of the growth was a surprise to those who follow local events given vast housebuilding in the immediate area or towns down the line such as Kidbrooke.

New homes in Kidbrooke

Last year a one-way system was introduced to cope with rising crowds. Before that a station entrance/exit on platform 4 was closed exacerbating problems.

Platform exit on left now closed. New Lewisham Gateway towers on right

Platform 4’s closure hit those who have moved into new homes nearby, including thousands of new homes at major estate redevelopment.

Meyer tower plans approved

Meyer Home recently won an appeal to build a tower at Tesco’s car park near this entrance and exit.

Cramped tunnels at the station have seen one way system introduced 

A 35-floor tower is also now under construction directly beside Platform 1 at the station.

Tower site – taken from platform

Lewisham Exchange includes provision for a new entrance to both existing rail services and the forthcoming Bakerloo Line platforms.

Work now underway on tower beside Lewisham station

However there is no confirmation the rail station entrance will be opened, and the Bakerloo line extension is 10 years away and unfunded.

New station entrance plan

Other developments in the area are Lewisham Gateway Phase 2. This includes a cinema, shops and 530 flats.

Approved last year

Of course in the current climate what happens next is anyone’s guess.

2 Comments

  1. Graham

    Sadly due to the current coronavirus crisis I think this study may be put on hold again, I also think construction on manyy sites will also slow down or temporarily stop altogether on some sites.

    I hope like the supermarkets some construction firms will hire more staff to help them cope through the Pandemic and beyond as the Country starts to recover.

  2. I can’t quite work out where the new station hub will be. The only site I can identify is that currently been used for routes terminating at Lewisham station.

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