Commuters arriving at East Croydon Station had something of a surprise this morning, with the new pedestrian bridge at the northern end of the platforms having been moved into position over the weekend.
Shifting the vast bridge into place was a massive and impressive feat of engineering.
The move comes almost a month earlier than had been expected. The bridge is expected to be open for use before the new year.
The bridge has cost more than £20 million of public funding, from Network Rail, TfL and Croydon Council. The major property developers on either side of the tracks, Menta and Stanhope, whose projects stand to benefit in a significant way, both in terms of infrastructure and in the value of their developments, did not contribute to the costs.
Croydon Council failed to get Menta to fulfil an agreement to allow the bridge to use land on their site to the eastern side of the station, into Cherry Orchard Road, making it, according to the council’s own reports, a “bridge to nowhere”. Croydon Council is now meeting additional costs for a “temporary” walkway.
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