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Network Rail starts consultation to remove ‘Croydon bottleneck’

Croydon trains

Network Rail has started a public consultation on proposals to remove a bottleneck in Croydon, south London.

Members of the public will have their say on proposals increase the number of trains running through the Croydon area.

If approved, extra tracks will be constructed in the Croydon area, and extra platforms will be added to an expanded and modernised East Croydon station. Network Rail will also build a series of new railway flyovers to replace the current ‘‘spaghetti junction’’ near the station where lines from the south coast, Sussex and Surrey meet those to and from London Victoria, London Bridge and beyond.

Network Rail route managing director for the South East John Halsall said: “Removing the Croydon bottleneck is the only practical way to provide the step-change in reliability and capacity that passengers and businesses in Sussex so desperately want to see.

“For too long, train performance on the Brighton Main Line has been below the level that commuters and other passengers expect and deserve. While a number of factors have contributed to these issues in recent years, the basic layout of our railway through the Croydon area and the bottleneck it creates means reliability won’t ever improve to acceptable levels without significant changes.

“We want as many people as possible to take part in this consultation, either online or at one of our events, so we can make sure our proposal delivers a genuine transformation in rail services for passengers, businesses and communities in one of the most economically important parts of the country.”

The consultation is due to last until the 17 December. The work will form part of part of a £300M government-funded programme to tackle delay hotspots and boost rail reliability in the South East. 

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