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Image credit: Peckham Coal Line

If you’ve ever looked enviously upon New York’s High Line or Paris’ Promenade Plantee, this new proposal for the Peckham Coal Line is sure to capture your imagination.

The Coal Line would create a new 1km elevated park, linking Queen’s Road Peckham and Rye Lane, using the currently disused Rickett Coal Sidings. Like its equivalents around the world, the scheme offers a way of maximising the green space in a heavily built up urban area. It also fits with other community-led projects looking to reshape this area of south London.

Peckham coal line green

Image credit: Peckham Coal Line

But, as well as providing all the usual benefits associated with parks, the creator of the scheme Nick Woodford also argues it will be help people move through the area – especially as it links up two parts of the national cycle network.

And, although it perhaps won’t be the same tourist attraction as the High Line, or the Garden Bridge when built, another factor in its favour is its relatively low cost, an estimated £2 million (compared to the £175 million linked to the Garden Bridge.

The idea is still in its very early stages but momentum seems to be growing – you can follow the project on Twitter for the latest or take a look on their website for more information. For an alternative take on the project, we love this blog post about walking the Coal Line site as it is today.

What do you think? Is this project worth the investment? Let us know what your thoughts in the comments. And, for more green London, come and join us on one of our cutting-edge green tours.