Rail Centres: Clapham Junction
Clapham Junction's name is synonymous with the hustle and bustle of travel. Proudly proclaiming itself as 'Britain's Busiest Station', it is one of the most important junctions on Britain's rail network, dominating the western approaches to the Metropolis. Clapham Junction is situated at the point where the ex-LSWR lines from Waterloo meet the ex-LBSCR lines from Victoria and the West London joint line to Kensington. n an area criss-crossed by an intricate net-work of lines and viaducts, Clapham Junction is a centre for both suburban and long distance trains. It retains a great variety of traffic even in the modern era, when so many other places have seen their facilities diminished — including the inter-Regional services to Gatwick Airport and Brighton, main line services to Exeter, Weymouth and a huge variety of freight traffic. What of the future? The main changes to Clapham Junction will be caused by the Channel Tunnel. A new flyover at Stewarts Lane will alter the area considerably, and the reinstatement of the Latchmere Junction-West London Junction line — will facilitate the transfer of the Channel Tunnel trains to their maintenance depot near to Old Oak Common. The rebuilt and refurbished concourse will cater for travellers more agreeably than in the past — and Clapham Junction will see more traffic than ever. Filled with photos and drawings. J. N. Faulkner's addition to the successful 'Rail Centres' series is sure to be required reading for all those interested in London's railway systems.
Hardback, 128 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good
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Updated: 29 December 2023