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Disused rail station demolished

Primrose Hill station
The station before demolition. Photo:

A disused railway station in north London has been demolished despite campaigns to save it.

Primrose Hill station closed in September 1992 but the track is still used for freight services.

Network Rail said the buildings had fallen into disrepair and the track was still live so, for safety reasons, they were demolished.

Campaigners maintained the station should have been reopened to ease congestion on other lines.

Feasibility study

Despite closing in 1992 the island platform with its buildings remained.

Peter Darley, from Camden Railway Heritage Trust, said: "We know that Camden Town station is overloaded.

"We also know that in the future it's going to be subject to redevelopment.

"That is going to put pressure on Chalk Farm underground station and that's pressure that this station here could help to relieve."

A Network Rail spokesman said: "Any decision to re-open the station in the future would need to be based on a feasibility study led by a number of industry bodies including the Department for Transport, Transport for London, and the current train operating company."

He said any such study would need to take into account such factors as demand and cost in relation to other services operating in the area.

Primrose Hill station opened as Hampstead Road station in June 1851.

It was rebuilt in May 1855 and renamed Chalk Farm in December 1862.

It was then renamed Primrose Hill station in 1950 and the street building was reconstructed.

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