General Brixton history - photos, stories etc

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    A reminiscence from a friend who has moved in council and planning circles for years.

    He said Brixton tube station was originally conceived as having an underpass under the road so it would have had an entrance on each side of Brixton Road. Things being what they are it was decided that an underpass and two entrances would be too expensive and we got the bridge instead.

    Sounds a plausible theory - and the dates fit (the underground station was opened 23rd July 1971).
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  2. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Yah, I have now had a proper read of the last Council feasibility study from 14 (iirc)

    Think the main thing is to get the Overground committed to and then try and assess which station option is best

    Brixton East didn't seem like it was a terrible option - cheaper but of course with less knowns
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  3. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Thanks. Don't you think this needs revising? All the stats will be different plus a lot more flats etc in the vicinity (more demand).

    I'm not sure if I put it up before, but there used to be a Lambeth Public Transport Group (at its most vigorous run by John Stewart now of HACAN.

    He did this fabulous report about "Clapham's Hidden Horror" (ie what is now Clapham High Street Overground station. Quite possibly pressure from Lambeth Public Transport group saved Clapham High Street from the same fate as East Brixton.
  4. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    The Public Transport groups get a lot of mention when one looks into Brixton East or similar topics
  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    This is interesting: the reason why the Victoria Line was extended to Brixton and not Fulham was because it was to tie in with the proposed motorway scheme.
    50 years ago - how the Victoria line was built
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  6. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat


    while the plans changed quite a few times, i'm fairly sure the original plan was for the line to run to Croydon via Brixton. I'm inclined to think that the Fulham idea was an afterthought...
  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Wikipedia says it was definitely a consideration at the beginning:
  8. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    What a shit place Brixton /south London would have been if the motorway and carparks had been realised. Glad that didn't happen - what happened to put a stop to it?
  9. ricbake

    ricbake working out how

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  10. ricbake

    ricbake working out how

    Brixton town centre!!! :confused: :facepalm: :mad:
  11. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

    Change of policy by the Greater London Labour Party in response to grass-roots pressure.
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  12. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Yes, that was my suspicion exactly!
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  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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    editor Taffus Maximus

  16. Lee.g

    Lee.g New Member


    Very rare photocard of Loughborough park facing the corner of somerleyton road
    (Where the guiness trust was built in 1930s) the photocard is from 1910
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  17. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

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