The latest stage of Network Rail’s consultation over the expansion of East Croydon Station, improvements at Norwood Junction, the rebuilding of Windmill Bridge and the unblocking of the railway bottleneck at the Selhurst junction, will be launched online on Monday.
Disappointingly for central Croydon, the railway proposals expected to be outlined for public comment include nothing regarding the derelict Royal Mail sorting office building, adjacent to East Croydon Station, and which was bought by Network Rail supposedly to assist with its snappily titled Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme – or CARS.
Details of the multi-million-pound plans to improve the Brighton Main Line and transform East Croydon Station have been in the public domain before, as the railway authorities seek to deliver a more reliable, frequent and faster rail service for passengers in and around Croydon.
Network Rail rates the lines around Croydon as the busiest and most congested part of Britain’s rail network, with 30 per cent more passengers and trains passing through it each day than Euston and King’s Cross stations combined.
The Selhurst Triangle is a Gordian knot of a problem which Network Rail wants to solve with a series of fly-overs and fly-unders. “Train punctuality on the Brighton mainline is the lowest of any major route as the bottleneck magnifies the impact of even the most minor incident or delay,” Network Rail said nearly two years ago when they revealed the first version of their plans.
The proposals for review this time include the expansion of East Croydon Station, with the station rebuilt with a larger concourse and two extra platforms (on the Boozepark side of the station). Norwood Junction is also slated for a significant upgrade.
During the consultation period, which runs until September 20, the public is also able to speak with Network Rail’s project team, including designers and engineers, using a live online chat facility. A dedicated consultation hotline will also be available for people wanting to ring and share their views and can be reached on 020 7118 0684.
Reassuringly for Croydon residents, the council has barely any involvement in these proposals at all. So however much Tony Newman or Jo Negrini might try to claim some form of credit for the project, there’s very little even they can do to balls it up.
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