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Entrance on The Cut
Southwark is located in Central London

Location of Southwark in Central London
Location South Bank
Local authority London Borough of Southwark
Managed by London Underground
Platforms in use 2
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access [1]
Fare zone 1

London Underground annual entry and exit
2005 6.45 million[2]
2007 8.521 million[2]

1999 Opened

List of stations Underground · National Rail

Coordinates: 51°30′11″N 0°06′18″W / 51.503°N 0.105°W / 51.503; -0.105

Southwark tube station is a London Underground station on the corner of Blackfriars Road and The Cut in the London Borough of Southwark. It is on the Jubilee Line, between Waterloo and London Bridge. It is in Travelcard Zone 1 and was opened on 20 November 1999 as part of the Jubilee Line Extension. The station has a direct connection with the mainline at Waterloo East. Confusingly, the station is some way to the west of historic Southwark, which is served by Borough tube station.



Southwark station was designed by Richard MacCormac of MJP Architects. The station is built on a cramped site, with the platforms lying underneath the Victorian railway viaduct carrying trains between Waterloo East and London Bridge railway station. This presented significant technical and architectural difficulties, necessitating the construction of two concourses at different levels.

A lower level concourse lies between the two platforms, and connects to them at either end. It is a simple tunnel illuminated by glass and steel "beacons" at each end, and faced with stainless steel panels, deliberately left unpolished. Stairs lead up to a section of high floor in the central area of the tunnel, where narrow tube-like escalator shafts then head sideways (south) to the intermediate concourse one level up.

The intermediate concourse is the centrepiece of the station. It comprises a space 16 metres (52 ft) high with a glass roof that allows daylight to enter deep into the station. It is faced with a spectacular glass wall, 40 metres (131 ft) long, consisting of 660 specially cut pieces of blue glass, which was designed by the artist Alexander Beleschenko. The wall has since become one of the extension's most celebrated architectural features, winning critical approval and a number of awards.

According to the station's architect Richard MacCormac, the design of this and the lower level concourse were inspired by the designs of the 19th century Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

One end of the intermediate concourse connects to the station's entrance building, and the other to Waterloo East. The entrance building is only of modest low-rise proportions, with the intention being to use the space above it for a future commercial development (not yet constructed).


Jubilee towards Stratford
Eastbound Platform 2
Island Platform (Platform Edge Doors)
Westbound Platform 1
Jubilee towards Stanmore


Additional images of Southwark Underground Station, and an architectural case study, are available on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) web site.[3]

Nearby sights


  1. ^ "Step Free Tube Guide Map". Transport for London. December 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2009.  
  2. ^ a b Transport for London - London Underground performance update
  3. ^ "Southwark Underground Station (photos)". Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). Retrieved 2008-03-01.  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Stanmore
Jubilee line
towards Stratford


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