The London Overground opened its service from Clapham Junction Highbury via Canada Water in 2012. There are two stations on the line in Lambeth at Wandsworth Road and Clapham High Street but there is a 2km gap to the next station at Denmark Hill despite the railway line passing over Brixton and Loughborough Junction.
Lambeth Council commissioned Steer Davies Gleave to prepare a review of options for a new station or stations in the Brixton/Loughborough Junction area, and how existing stations need to be improved.
The case for a new station on the high level viaduct at Brixton had been considered before by TfL but ruled out on cost grounds. With the success of the Overground and the regeneration of Brixton, it was considered timely to reconsider the options.
The study found that one additional station stop could be added without severely affecting the Overground service and that there would be significant demand for a new station in the Brixton/Loughborough Junction area. A new station would provide an alternative way to reach east and west London helping to relieve zone 1 interchanges.
The study looked at various options for new stations but most are significantly constrained by track layout and viaduct alignments. The former Brixton East station, which closed in the 1970s, has fewer engineering constraints, but the study still estimated that it would cost between £30million to £50 million to build a new station.
Lambeth will continue to work with Transport for London and Network Rail to consider the case for a new station in more detail and press for this to be included in TfL’s Investment Programme.