We’re proposing to increase the capacity of the Brighton Main Line – one of the most congested routes in the country – so more trains can run, more punctually, between London and the south coast.
Image 1: A Southern service passes through the Selhurst triangle.
Image 2: Aerial view of the Tramlink at the the front of the East Croydon station
Image 3: Aerial view of the Selhust triangle or Croydon bottleneck
The key element is a major programme of work to remodel the railway through central Croydon, removing the biggest remaining bottleneck on our network to provide much-needed extra capacity.
Passengers would benefit from:
- More reliable and faster journeys – the current system of complex junctions in the Croydon area leads to delays as the current track layout struggles to cope with the number of trains now running through it
- More trains – this work is essential in allowing us to provide additional train capacity to meet future demand. Without it, we cannot run any more trains between London and South Coast beyond the services introduced in the 2018 timetable change
- Major improvements to East Croydon station – including two new platforms, increased concourse space and better connections with the town centre and other transport links.
One of the main elements of the scheme is the construction of new ‘grade-separated junctions’ in the Croydon area. These junctions are like motorway flyovers and will replace the existing ‘flat junctions’, a major bottleneck, where trains have to wait at red signals to allow others to pass in front.
The expansion of East Croydon station represents a major opportunity to transform the passenger experience. It also provides the opportunity for a major new development above the station, supporting the ongoing regeneration of central Croydon and local economic growth.
We are working closely with the London Borough of Croydon and the scheme has strong support from businesses and local authorities across the South East. Our plans have been endorsed as the best way to provide additional train capacity between London and the south coast in an independent study commissioned by the Government.
We now have funding from the Department for Transport to develop the designs for the scheme and carry out a public consultation so local people, passengers and other stakeholders can input into the design process. The details of this public consultation will be announced here and publicised locally nearer the time.