Croydon Council is keen to see over-station development at its main transport hubs to unlock the improvements needed to its two mainline railway station.
Jo Negrini, chief executive of the local authority, told the London Real Estate Forum that it was joining the likes of Gatwick Airport, Brighton & Hove Council and Coast to Capital for extra funding for the Brighton Mainline, which would involve enhancements to East Croydon station, with West Croydon also in need of significant upgrade.
“We’ve done a lot of improvements in and around West Croydon with a new bus station and the interchange is a lot better,” she said.
“We’re trying to get as much through Section 106 as we can to put towards it but it needs a big cash injection. It’s going to effectively be the northern gateway for the big Westfield development so we’re anticipating in terms of traffic impact stuff that a lot of people are going to be coming through that station to get into Westfield from the northern part where the new Marks & Spencer will be.”
“Even if we levied it through Section 106 and used our CIL we could not get the amount of money that we need to do it.
“We’re looking at over-station development in East Croydon station and one of the keys I think to unlocking West Croydon is maybe some over-station development to look and see how we can use that to fund the improvements that we need to make.”
The London and South Coast Rail Corridor Study recently suggested that two extra platforms could be installed at East Croydon station as part of a huge upgrade as well as full station reconstruction.
Other key projects proposed for the borough are additional tracks between East Croydon and the Selhurst Triangle, the track layout at Norwood Junction being altered and minor signalling improvements at South Croydon.
“We have money from DfT at the moment doing feasibility about Brighton Mainline and are aiming for the Budget Speech in 2019 for an announcement,” added Ms Negrini.
WHAT THEY SAY
John Halsall, managing director of Network Rail’s south-east route on the London and South Coast Rail Corridor Survey:
“This study confirms that our plan to upgrade the Brighton main line by removing the bottleneck in the Croydon area is the best way to provide better, more frequent and more reliable trains between London and the south coast and to support jobs, housing and growth across the region.”