Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme

Unblocking the Croydon bottleneck - public consultation on proposals to provide more reliable, faster and more frequent services on the line and its branches.

We are developing major proposals to upgrade the Brighton Main Line – one of the most congested routes in the country –  to provide more reliable, faster and more frequent services on the line and its branches.

Key to the upgrade are proposals to remove the most challenging bottleneck on Britain’s railway network at the ‘Selhurst triangle’ and East Croydon station as part of proposals for the Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme (CARS).

Aerial view of the Selhust triangle or Croydon bottleneck

Public consultation and next steps

We want passengers, businesses and the wider public to participate in our consultation, share their feedback and help shape our proposals.

You will be able to participate in our first phase of consultation on-line from Monday, 5 November to Monday, 17 December.

Please note: The consultation hub will be live from 5 November.

Or you can attend one of our public consultation events at:

LocationDate & time
East Croydon URC Church:
Addiscombe Grove, CR0 5LP
6 November 16:00 – 20:00
13 November 16:00 – 20:00
Croydon Neighbourhood Care Association:
Freemasons Road, CR0 6PD
7 November 12:00 – 16:00
14 November 16:00 - 20:00
The Woodside Academy:
Morland Road, CR0 6NF
8 November 17:00 – 21:00
10 November 12:00- 16:00
St. Mary's Catholic High School:
Woburn Rd, CR9 2EE
15 November 17:00 – 21:00
Stanley Halls:
12 South Norwood Hill SE25 6AB
19 November 13:30 – 17:30
Croydon & District Masonic Hall:
73 Oakfield Rd, CR0 2UX
12 November - 16:00 - 20:00
21 November - 16:00 - 20:00
Brit School:
60 The Crescent CR0 2HN
22 November 13:00 – 17:00

Our proposals

To remove the bottleneck we will provide:

  • A bigger, better East Croydon station: We would build two new platforms, a bigger concourse with improved facilities for passengers, better connections with the town centre and other transport links and help the ongoing regeneration of central Croydon. We could potentially also construct new offices and homes above and around the station.
  • ‘Selhurst triangle’ flyovers: We would reconfigure the tracks north of East Croydon station, removing junctions and building flyovers.
  • Lower Addiscombe Road/Windmill Bridge reconstruction: To provide more track at East Croydon station and flyovers through the ‘Selhurst triangle’ we would need to expand the railway from five to seven tracks north of East Croydon station. This would require the current bridge over the railway to be rebuilt to provide space for the additional tracks.
  • Improvements to Norwood Junction station: We would reconfigure the tracks to enable more trains to run, increase station capacity and provide step-free access to all platforms.

What are the benefits of the upgrade?

More reliable journeys: By building a series of flyovers north of East Croydon and new tracks and platforms at the station we'd remove the current bottleneck which causes daily delays and disruption and improve the punctuality of services.

Faster journeys: More tracks and fewer junctions means we would be able to speed up some services through the area

A boost to the regional and national economy: As the main route connecting the capital with Gatwick Airport and the south coast, improving the Brighton Main Line will provide a significant boost to the regional and national economy.

A bigger, better East Croydon station: We would provide greatly increased concourse space, new entrances and transform passenger facilities and there is the possibility of development above and adjacent to the station.

Step-free access at Norwood Junction station

Contact us

For more information on our proposals you can e-mail us at CARS@networkrail.co.uk

You can also call Network Rail’s National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or contact us @NetworkRailSE