Engineers have made an extraordinary discovery during Thameslink railway work near London Bridge.

Ghostly remains of a former south London station that closed exactly 100 years ago have been found.

Southwark Park station, perched on a viaduct above Rotherhithe New Road, only served passengers from 1902 to 1915 before it closed for good.

Now engineers working on rebuilding the railway in Bermondsey have rediscovered the former ticket hall and platforms.

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Map of the Bermondsey showing Southwark Park's location and the tangle of railways

Project manager Greg Thornett said: “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 sky lights, 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.”

The £6.5bn Thameslink programme is rebuilding much of the railway from New Cross Gate through London Bridge and on to Blackfriars and St Pancras.

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Old platform footings uncovered from the long-lost Southwark Park station

Two Victorian viaducts will be partially demolished and rebuilt for the Bermondsey ’dive under’ to allow Charing Cross trains from south-east London and Kent to dive down to almost street level, under a new route carrying Thameslink services from Croydon, and back up again.

In addition the same team, from Network Rail and contractor Skanska, are rebuilding 20 bridges between New Cross and Waterloo East to increase their strength.

Mr Thornett added: “Although the old viaducts will be replaced by modern structures, they are designed to remain in keeping with the older architecture. It’s exciting to see this transformation and it will be a real sense of achievement to see trains running on it.”

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