Peckham in south London is getting its own highline.
The new 900m long, partly elevated walkway will run from Queens Road in the west and Rye Lane in the east, and will halve the current journey length. The new pedestrian and cycle route, which has taken inspiration from other highlines around the world including the 2.3km long line in New York, is largely formed of disused railway sidings which are owned by Network Rail.
At present the disused 19th century coal line has created a partition preventing access to Rye Lane from the east while also cutting the high street into a north and south divide. The area between the tracks was once a coal drop and is currently occupied by a scaffolding yard. Coal was previously supplied via the rail lines above and the line sidings still exist on the viaduct.
The new line will enable cyclists and walkers to travel from Brixton or Herne Hill to the river Thames on continuous greenway that will be largely car free.
The new line will fall into three sections. The first is the “urban” section passing through the streets of Peckham Rye and is not currently accessible to the public. The second section is the so-called “open” part and will comprise a new elevated walkway with views across London’s skyline. The third part will be the “nature” section which will see it drop down into the existing Kirkwood Nature Reserve.
The project has been funded through crowdfunding and will be led by architect Adams and Sutherland in collaboration with engineering consultant Arup, cost consultant Rider Levett Bucknall, and landscape architect JCLA.