Supporting the Peckham Coal Line

View of the Shard from Peckham Coal Line

The Peckham Coal Line will open up unused space with views across London

The Peckham Coal Line showing people enjoying the route

It will create an enjoyable and practical route for people

The Peckham Coal Line Urban Linear Park - Map

The route will be functional, cutting walking times in a more pleasant environment

A map showing how the Peckham Coal Line will bridge gaps and connect people

The line will also bridge a gap and help people to travel across London car-free

People looking at models of the Peckham Coal Line

The line has captured the imagination of local people who are making it happen

24 September 2015

We are delighted to commit £7,000 to help create an attractive, traffic-free route for people in South London. The Peckham Coal Line Urban Park will revitalise railway coal sidings that have been unused for over 50 years to form a natural, physical and social link between Queens Road and Rye Lane.

The money we contribute will go towards a feasibility study that is currently being crowd funded on Spacehive. The clock is now ticking down rapidly to the Oct 31 deadline with around half of the £65,586 funding goal still needed. 

Opening up space for people​

The Peckham Coal Line will be an elevated urban park providing an attractive, faster and pollution-free route to connect South London neighbourhoods. It will create a 900m-long route from coal sidings alongside the railway line through the heart of Peckham. Complementing the urban setting, it will frame views across London, passing through beautiful Victorian brick viaducts before dropping down to a little-used nature reserve.

 I hope the public and local government will quickly get behind the people involved in this campaign to make it happen.

-  Matt Winfield, Deputy Director of Sustrans London
Matt Winfield, Deputy Director of Sustrans London commented:


“We’re really excited about supporting this transformative project. London is overflowing with glitzy mega developments, but what makes this scheme different is its passionate community grassroots.

“The Peckham Coal Line has huge potential to turn a dark and derelict space into a useful traffic-free route that will enable people to walk and cycle away from the road. This will be safer, reduce congestion, and make a real difference in the quality of life for local people through gaining access to a brand new green space."

A new way of doing things

Nick Woodford, who spotted the potential of the line and developed the idea which is gathering support said:

“By supporting the Peckham Coal Line Sustrans is helping pioneer a new public initiated approach to reactivating our lost space. Turning the forgotten coal tracks into a high level, urban, linear park has captured the collective imagination – but to make this happen we also need to take collective responsibility; become part of a future approach to urban space and support an exciting project that, despite its modest budget has transformative potential.”

The park will bridge a gap in the wider network of cycling and walking greenways between Brixton and the Thames meaning people could travel from Brixton to Greenland Dock, and in the future Canary Wharf, practically car-free.

Get behind the Peckham Coal Line

You can join Sustrans in supporting the Peckham Coal Line Urban Park on Spacehive

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