Tuesday 28 May 2019
Find out more about plans to upgrade Norwood Junction station
Local residents and rail passengers are invited to four public drop-in events in June to find out more about Network Rail’s proposals to upgrade Norwood Junction station.
The proposals are a key part of Network Rail’s long-term plans to unblock the railway bottleneck in the Croydon area, to run more reliable and more frequent services on the Brighton Main Line and its branch lines.
Network Rail would remodel track and platforms at Norwood Junction to allow more trains to run through and stop at the station. Wider platforms would provide more space for passengers to wait for, board and get off trains. Platforms would also be lengthened to allow full length 12-car trains to stop and open all doors at the station.
The redevelopment would also provide the opportunity to build lifts, providing step-free access to all platforms for the first time, improving accessibility for those with reduced mobility, the elderly and those travelling with a pushchair or luggage.
People are invited to find out more at one of the public drop-in events on:
- Monday 17 June, 4pm – 9pm, St Chad’s Church, 5 Whitworth Road, Croydon, SE25 6XN
- Tuesday 18 Jun, 5pm – 9pm, South Norwood Primary School, 34 Crowther Road, Croydon, SE25 5QP
- Wednesday 19 June, 11.30am – 5.30pm, Stanley Halls, 12 South Norwood Hill, Croydon, SE25 6AB
- Saturday 22 June, 11am – 5pm, South Norwood Primary School, 34 Crowther Road, Croydon, SE25 5QP.
John Halsall, managing director, Network Rail South East, said: “Our proposals for Norwood Junction station would benefit passengers as a standalone project, helping us run longer trains, more reliably and more frequently.
"However, if delivered together with proposals to rebuild East Croydon station and remodel the railway in Selhurst triangle, would remove the railway bottleneck at Croydon to transform reliability and capacity across the Brighton Main Line and its branches.
“I’d encourage local people and passengers to come along to one of the drop-in events or visit networkrail.co.uk/norwoodjunction to find out more about our plans."
Sarah Jones, Member of Parliament for Croydon Central, added: "Solving the Croydon bottleneck is crucial to helping our town grow and get us all from A to B. I welcome this and hope the improvements to Norwood Junction will be a significant part of this.”
Steve Reed, Member of Parliament for Croydon North, said: “This is a great opportunity for people living locally to help decide how to make Norwood Junction station better for everyone. I urge people who use the station, or who want to see it improved and made more accessible, to share their views.”
Cllr Steve O’Connell, London Assembly Member for Croydon, said: “Norwood Junction is a key transport hub. Improving it, along with plans to remove the bottleneck on the railway in Croydon, is vital. At last we have the opportunity to unlock the transport potential of the area. I do hope people take the opportunity to help shape the future."
Stephen Miles, principal planner, Transport for London, said: "We have been working closely with Network Rail in developing plans for unblocking the Croydon bottleneck, and are very pleased to see these proposals to improve Norwood Junction form a key part of the wider scheme."
Govia Thameslink Railway infrastructure director Keith Jipps, said: “This scheme could make a massive difference to passengers, reducing delays and improving services.”
Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport for Croydon Council, added: “Improving step-free access at Norwood Junction will help millions of passengers who use the station each year and we’re pleased to see Network Rail engaging with passengers and local people on these proposals.
“Helping prepare the station to deal with longer trains and possibly more frequent trains will benefit residents and passengers. Please get involved and share your views.”
From 17 June to 15 July people will be able to view and comment on the proposals online at www.networkrail.co.uk/norwoodjunction
Notes to Editors
Upgrading the Brighton Main Line
The Brighton Main Line and associated routes are among the busiest and most congested in the country, carrying 1,700 trains and 300,000 passengers every weekday.
Passengers using the Brighton Main Line benefit from fast and frequent services to a wide range of destinations, however the reliability of services has been below what passengers expect and deserve in recent years.
Over 2018/19, Network Rail invested £67m to upgrade old infrastructure and tackle delay hotspots as part of the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project. This is expected to reduce delays by up to 15%.
Further enhancements, are being developed for the Brighton Main Line. These include:
- Resignalling plans, including digital “traffic management,” to help regulate trains and recover from incidents more quickly
- Record investment over the next five years to renew and maintain the existing railway infrastructure
- Major Gatwick Airport station upgrade
- The Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme - unblocking the Croydon bottleneck.
Unblocking the Croydon bottleneck - The Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme (CARS)
The Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme (CARS) is the largest and most complex part of the longer-term Brighton Main Line upgrade proposals. CARS would remove the most challenging bottleneck on Britain’s railway network; proposals consist of the following:
- An expanded and enhanced East Croydon station
- ‘Selhurst Triangle’ track remodelling
- Lower Addiscombe Road/Windmill Bridge reconstruction
- Norwood Junction station improvements.
The proposals are currently unfunded.
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