We're proposing to upgrade Norwood Junction station to provide more frequent and reliable services, as well as a modern, accessible station fit for the 21st Century.

The proposals are a key part of our 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.

Our proposals

  • Modify the existing track and platform layouts
  • Provide a track layout that allows more trains to run through and stop at the station
  • Reconfigure the platforms to provide dedicated island platforms for northbound and southbound services
  • Provide dedicated tracks away from the platforms, for fast non‑stopping trains.

Lengthen and widen platforms

  • Lengthen platforms to allow full length (12-car) trains to stop and open all their doors at the station.
  • Widen all platforms to provide more space for passengers.

Provide step-free access

  • Provide two new footbridges, one with lifts to provide step-free access to all platforms.

Upgrade the signalling

  • Upgrade the signalling system to give our signallers the ability to recover the service more quickly when delays occur.

The benefits

Our proposals for Norwood Junction station would deliver regional and local benefits.

More frequent and more reliable services

While the proposals form a key part of our wider plans to unblock the Croydon bottleneck, they would also have benefits as a standalone project, helping to improve reliability and run more frequent services.

Increased station capacity

Widening and lengthening the platforms would provide more space for passengers to wait and get on and off train services.

Providing two footbridges would reduce congestion and allow passengers to move more freely through the station.

Keeping people on the move

We would look to start these works before other works for our wider proposals to unblock the Croydon bottleneck and upgrade the Brighton Main Line. Upgrading Norwood Junction station first would provide the ability to move more trains and people while we work at other locations on our wider proposals. Delivering step‑free access earlier would also provide significant benefits for local station users.

Managing impacts

We would work with train operators to run as full a service as possible through Norwood Junction station during the proposed upgrade. We propose to retain four platforms throughout construction and install the new footbridges first, to provide improvements for passengers as quickly as possible.

As we develop the detail of our proposals we will continue to engage with residents, businesses and passengers to make them aware of our proposals and the potential benefits.

Public drop-in events

We held four drop-in events in June 2019 to give local people and passengers the chance to view our proposals and speak with the project team.

If you were unable to attend you can still email the team consultation@cars2.networkrail.co.uk

Next steps

Our current proposals for the station are likely to be constructed entirely within the railway boundary and we would look to seek consent for these through the usual planning process.

Currently these works are not proposed to form part of our Transport and Works Act Order application for our other proposed upgrade works between East Croydon station and the “Selhurst triangle” which we have been consulting on. Further consultation on these proposals will take place in 2020.

The proposals for Norwood Junction station are currently unfunded, as are the wider proposals to upgrade the Brighton Main Line. Over the months and years ahead we will continue to make the case for investment in the Brighton Main Line railway 2020.

Contact us

For more information on our proposals you can email us at consultation@cars2.networkrail.co.uk

You can also visit our contact us page or call our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or you can contact us on Twitter at @NetworkRailSE