Upgrades to the train lines through central Croydon moved a step closer after Network Rail confirmed funding approval for the design stages of the project.
Known as the Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme, the plans – that form a central part of Network Rail’s Brighton Main Line upgrade programme – include a new, expanded East Croydon station, extra tracks and a flyover junction.
The proposal would see the introduction of a series of new grade-separated junctions north of East Croydon station aimed at removing the ‘Croydon bottleneck’ where several routes to and from central London converge.
Major improvements at the station itself would also be delivered, expanding the number of platforms from six to eight and providing new concourse areas with better access to the platforms and surrounding areas.
Croydon Council, who have been lobbying the government for urgent improvements to the Brighton Main Line, welcomed the news.
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council, said: “I am pleased the government has listened to Croydon and progress is now being made to deliver the improvements desperately needed to the Brighton Main Line, and specifically to the railway through Croydon.
“Our borough is undergoing significant regeneration and it is essential we have the rail infrastructure to support this. I welcome today’s announcement which is a significant step in the right direction to ensuring Croydon has the rail links it will need in the future.”