East Croydon station.

Support for plans to unblock railway bottleneck at Croydon

Passengers, businesses and residents have overwhelmingly supported Network Rail proposals to unblock a railway bottleneck at Croydon.

The proposals would remove the most challenging bottleneck on the country’s rail network, providing a step-change in reliability and capacity for the 300,000 passengers travelling through the Croydon area every week day.

The bottleneck is often a cause of delays for Uckfield passengers heading, on Southern trains, to London Bridge.

Additional platforms

East Croydon station would be rebuilt with two additional platforms and a larger concourse with improved facilities for passengers.

The Selhurst triangle, the junctions north of East Croydon station, would be remodelled with additional tracks, new flyovers and dive-under.

The most common response to the consultation, which ran from November 5, to December 17, 2018, was for Network Rail to move forward with the scheme as soon as possible to improve train services.

Concerns

The most frequently raised concerns were the potential impact of construction work on train services, the highway network, and the local area.

Detailed designs for the new station at East Croydon and associated rail network changes are expected early next year, according to a press release from Network Rail.

• You can download Network Rail’s feedback summary report at www.networkrail.co.uk/croydon.

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