A place to enjoy nature amble, cycle relax and play...
The Peckham Coal Line is a community-led project to reconnect Peckham’s neighbourhoods with a new linear park linking Queens Road Peckham and Rye Lane, connecting communities, opening up business possibilities and creating new green space. The group is incorporated as a registered charity.
The unique way the Coal Line has been developed and designed in partnership with the local community means that a major piece of London infrastructure will not be imposed from the top down, but grown from the bottom up. And because the local community is involved in both its design and delivery, the Coal Line will be something for the people of Peckham to be proud of.
It will transform walking and cycling connections around Peckham, bridging busy roads and creating a direct link between two high streets. It will turn disused and forgotten spaces into a source of civic pride, bringing benefits to health, culture and business for local people, providing much-needed green space for the area, and celebrating Peckham’s industrial past.
The Coal Line will also form a strategic transport link for south London – adding the missing piece in a network of greenways that runs from Brixton all the way to the Thames.
It can be done...
The results of the feasibility study are now in. The Peckham Coal Line is an achievable project – technically possible, economically viable and highly desirable both for residents and for local businesses. The study shows how it could become a reality – the Peckham Coal Line has grown into a proven proposal that’s generating not only physical connections, but social and economic ones too. The project offers multiple benefits around health, innovation, connection, education, nature and community – meeting many of the objectives of local and national government. The overall benefits of the project will be realised when the Coal Line is completed. But this doesn’t mean that only an all-or-nothing approach will be successful. The nature of the project, and the several sites that make it up, means that it could be delivered in eight stages, as different development sites and the resources they need become available.
So What's the plan...
The Peckham Coal Line is best understood as a network of new public routes and spaces, interwoven both at street level and along elevated decks that connect pockets of neglected space alongside and beneath the existing railway line. These link Peckham Rye with Queens Road, running through areas of different character – from the urban industrial architecture of the Bussey Building and Peckham Levels in the town centre, to open views to the central London skyline between Consort Road and Gordon Road, and nature in the woodland of Kirkwood Nature Reserve. The Peckham Coal Line vision is ambitious, complex and innovative, which is part of its appeal and its strength, as well as making it challenging to deliver. It can be viewed as a series of individual projects, and although the overall benefits would happen with the delivery of the Coal Line as a whole – and it could potentially be designed, funded and built in a single process – a hybrid approach may be more appropriate.
delivering 900 metres of new cycling and walking paths; connecting two high streets as well as areas of currently inaccessible space; and linking up with existing walking and cycling routes across south London and beyond.
creating a landmark that protects, repurposes and brings back to life a piece of London’s industrial heritage, not as a sanitised tourist attraction frozen in time, but by making it relevant for the present and the future.
tapping grassroots energy to develop proposals for improving the local area, demonstrating how diverse communities can work together to steer change; creating a forum for social exchange and the development of skills.
GREENING THE CITY
connecting existing pockets of nature along the line; providing more open and green space for local communities in central Peckham; helping to improve local air quality, biodiversity and access to green space.
INNOVATION LOCAL PROSPERITY
accessing and opening up around 2,300 square metres of new workspace to be used by local businesses and communities, unlocking and creating revenue to support local economic prosperity.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
providing clean and safe walking and cycling routes which fit well with Southwark Council’s health and wellbeing strategy; improving social economic wellbeing in the borough by creating a peaceful new environment.
Fly-through Peckham Coal Line
An animation showing the potential of the Peckham Coal Line and Kirkwood green Space - This is not a design, but simply a model to help understand the concept and spatial requirements and constraints.