'Ghost' railway station discovered in London

Southwark Park station in south London was only operational between 1902 and 1915

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Undated handout photo issued by Network Rail of Greg Thornett, Project Manager, looking at the remains of Southwark Park station, a "ghost" station that closed a century ago, which has been uncovered during work on a �6.5 billion rail project. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 20, 2015. Southwark Park station in south London only served passengers from 1902 to 1915 before shutting for good. But now engineers constructing the Bermondsey Dive Under as part of the Thameslink Programme have rediscovered the former ticket hall and platforms. See PA story RAIL Ghost. Photo credit should read: Network Rail/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A "ghost" station closed a century ago has been uncovered during work on a £6.5 billion rail project.

Southwark Park station in south London only served passengers from 1902 to 1915 before shutting for good.

But now engineers constructing the Bermondsey Dive Under as part of the Thameslink Programme have rediscovered the former ticket hall and platforms. WORDS: PA.

Undated handout photo issued by Network Rail of Greg Thornett, Project Manager, looking at the remains of Southwark Park station, a "ghost" station that closed a century ago, which has been uncovered during work on a �6.5 billion rail project. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 20, 2015. Southwark Park station in south London only served passengers from 1902 to 1915 before shutting for good. But now engineers constructing the Bermondsey Dive Under as part of the Thameslink Programme have rediscovered the former ticket hall and platforms. See PA story RAIL Ghost. Photo credit should read: Network Rail/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Perched on a viaduct above Rotherhithe New Road, Southwark Park was one of several stations in the area, including Spa Road, closed as a result of competition from trams and buses and the coming of the First World War.

Project manager Greg Thornett said: "The Bermondsey Dive Under is a key part of the Thameslink Programme, creating the railway necessary to provide a frequent and reliable service through London Bridge and will make a huge difference to passengers' journeys, cutting journey times and making the services more reliable."

Undated handout photo issued by Network Rail of Southwark Park, a "ghost" station that closed a century ago, which has been uncovered during work on a �6.5 billion rail project. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 20, 2015. Southwark Park station in south London only served passengers from 1902 to 1915 before shutting for good. But now engineers constructing the Bermondsey Dive Under as part of the Thameslink Programme have rediscovered the former ticket hall and platforms. See PA story RAIL Ghost. Photo credit should read: Network Rail/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

He went on: "We uncovered the footings for the former platforms while we were preparing the top of the viaduct for new track and we are now working up in the roof space of the former ticket hall to fill in the old skylights, ready to carry the final track alignment.

"Much of the existing stretch of viaduct will be replaced by the ramps into and out of the new dive under, but the arch that used to house the old booking hall will remain."

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