As part of our long-term plans to upgrade the Brighton Main Line we're proposing to unblock the Croydon bottleneck to give Brighton Main Line passengers faster, more reliable services and improved connections across the region.
This animated video shows our proposals consulted on in summer 2020. Further development is now taking place to understand changes in passenger behaviour following the pandemic.
The Croydon area is the busiest, most congested and most complex part of the country’s rail network.
The lack of capacity at East Croydon station and the complex series of junctions north of Croydon, the Selhurst triangle, delays trains across the Brighton Main Line and the wider network every time an incident occurs.
It also means that journey times will always be constrained, and we won’t be able to run the additional trains needed to meet passenger demand or serve new destinations, in the future.
CARS is the largest and most complex part of our longer-term Brighton Main Line upgrade proposals. CARS would remove the Croydon bottleneck. Our proposals consist of the following:
Where our proposals require work to take place outside the railway boundary we need to submit a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application. These elements of the wider CARS proposals are known as the ‘East Croydon to Selhurst Junction Capacity Enhancement Scheme’ and we’ve ran two public consultations on these proposals.
We held our first public consultation in 2018 where more than 90% of respondents supported the proposals. You can read a summary of feedback here – View the feedback summary report
From Monday 1 June to Sunday 20 September 2020 we ran our second public consultation.
We received 1,428 responses and overall, with 90 per cent of respondents indicating they either ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ with our proposals.
The five most common themes in the feedback we received are:
- Desire to complete the project and deliver the benefits quickly
- Concerns over service disruption during construction
- Concerns about highways disruptions
- Matters related to impacted land and property
- Integration with buses, trams, taxis and cycling at East Croydon station.
This feedback, along with other ideas and suggestions will help shape our final designs.
While further development work is now needed, we will continue to engage with local people and stakeholders as our plans develop.
Further development of CARS has been affected by issues such as the significant uncertainty about future passenger behaviour and demand following the COVID-19 pandemic and funding constraints following the Governments 2020 Spending Review.
Given the significant investment required to deliver this scheme, we are now taking time to consider how the pandemic may affect passenger behaviour and travel patterns in the future, and how any such changes should be reflected in infrastructure investments such as this.
Please get in touch
If you would like to talk to a member of our team about our proposals then we encourage you to get in touch with us on 03457 11 41 41 (the Network Rail national helpline number) or directly at email@example.com.
A member of our project team will be happy to talk to you over the phone, by email or virtually via Microsoft Teams/Zoom. Unfortunately, due to current restrictions we are not able to conduct face-to-face meetings.
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