Have your say on our proposal for a new second entrance to Southwark Underground station on Greet Street

Closed 9 Oct 2018

Opened 12 Sep 2018


We opened Southwark Station in 1999 as part of the Jubilee Line Extension which successfully connected Southwark to the tube network. The station is getting busier, with more passengers entering and exiting the station each year. It needs increased space to allow for growth in passenger numbers. To meet the expected demand, we are proposing to build a new second entrance on Greet Street, towards the western end of the station.

A second entrance will:

  • improve the station’s ability to manage future increases in passenger numbers
  • open more direct routes to passengers’ destinations
  • ease overcrowding around the existing entrance on Blackfriars Road.

Since it opened in 1999, Southwark Station has become significantly busier: between 2002 to 2017, daily entries and exits have doubled every five years.

Customer numbers have increased particularly during the morning peak periods, and we predict that these numbers will increase by 40% by 2041.

We will also improve the urban environment on Greet Street as part of the new station entrance works to enhance the area for local residents.

About our consultation

We will submit a planning application to the London Borough of Lambeth for a new entrance to Southwark Station on Greet Street later this year. Before we submit the application, we would like your views to inform our proposals.

The new station entrance will be located on Greet Street, at the corner of Wootten Street, after a number of locations for the new entrance were considered.  

The Greet Street location was chosen as it provides a clear route to The Cut and to Roupell Street, for access to the Waterloo area and the northern end of Blackfriars Road. This will allow people to access their destinations more quickly and conveniently. We own the land on which we propose to build the entrance and believe our proposed design, which requires minimal change to the exisiting station, provides value for money.

We are not consulting on the location of the entrance but we are seeking to understand how our proposals at this site will impact local people and stakeholders.

We are also interested in views about a community space at the entrance to the station, lighting in the area and how we can improve the environment on Greet Street.

The roof of the new entrance will be planted and will maintain a green appearance.


Illustration of the proposed new roof surface of the entrance – green roofIllustration of the proposed new roof surface of the entrance - green roof


Illustrations of the proposed new entrance – external view from Greet StreetIllustrations of the proposed new entrance – external view from Greet Street


External view from Greet Street outside operational hours External view from Greet Street outside operational hours


Illustration of the proposed new entrance - internalIllustration of the proposed new entrance - internal

The new entrance is planned to provide a clear view into and through the ticket hall adjacent to Waterloo East and be mindful of light and noise which could affect neighbouring buildings.

There will be options for planting to provide urban greenery for the benefit of local residents and passengers or community use, providing a flexible and versatile space inside the station entrance.

We will also be providing funding to the London borough of Lambeth to improve the area of Greet Street directly outside the station. Plans for this are at a very early stage and we welcome your suggestions on areas for improvement including pavements, trees and street planting and furniture.


Image of the current lighting in Greet Street – outside the location for the new entranceImage of the current lighting in Greet Street – outside the new location for the entrance


Image of the current lighting in Greet Street – view facing The CutImage of the current lighting in Greet Street – view facing The Cut


Greet Street - before viewGreet Street – before view


Greet Street - possible after viewGreet Street – possible after view

Step-free access

It is not possible from a technical and engineering perspective to provide step free access at the new entrance, although step free access will be maintained at the existing entrance on Blackfriars Road.  We will also ensure that step free access is maintained if the existing entrance is closed.

Further information is available in our Equality Impact Assessement (available shortly)

Previous Network Rail consultation

In 2009, Network Rail put forward proposals for a permanent entrance on Greet Street. We have reviewed Network Rail’s proposals and have carefully developed our design to address the concerns raised at the time around residential amenity, noise and overlooking.

Over station development at Southwark Station

We have identified an opportunity to deliver an office-led over-station development (OSD) at Southwark Station. This development is likely to be made up of at least 160,000 sq ft of office, retail, cultural space and new public realm space. We are working with the local community and the London Borough of Southwark to progress these plans.

During construction works for this office space, it may be necessary to temporarily close the main entrance to passengers. A second entrance would also enable the station to remain open at all times.

Next steps

Following the consultation, the feedback received will inform our ongoing design work. After making any changes, we intend to include these designs in a planning application to the London Borough of Lambeth later this year. At this stage, residents and customers will have a second opportunity to provide feedback as part of the planning process.

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals.

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Tuesday 9 October 2018.

Alternatively, you can:

You can also request paper copies of all the consultation materials and a response form by emailing [email protected], or writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS.

Public exhibitions

We are holding exhibition events in the Ground Floor meeting rooms at Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ on:

  • Saturday 22 September from 10am until 4pm
  • Friday 5 October from 10am until 7pm

Come along to view our exhibition and speak to the project team. You will also be able to fill out a paper feedback form if you would prefer.

The exhibition boards can also be viewed below.

Southwark station public exhibition boards (PDF 5.47 MB)

We are also planning to hold some exhibitions at Southwark Station underground station and will update this page with the dates as soon as they are available.


  • Southwark


  • Anyone from any background


  • Station Development