We are replacing Blackhorse Lane Bridge, a single span bridge that crosses two tram lines between Blackhorse Lane and Addiscombe tram stops. The bridge is now open to single lane traffic and will open in full when main construction work finishes in spring 2020.
Croydon Council-owned Addiscombe Railway Park Bridge is being replaced at the same time in one joint project to save public money and time. That new bridge will be two metres wider to accommodate a cycle path, improving facilities for local cyclists.
We appointed contractor Morgan Sindall to do the work. In 2018 they did site investigations and enabling works and produced detailed designs.
Working closely with them and Croydon Council, we have developed a revised work schedule.
- Main construction work now underway is expected to finish in spring 2020
- We opened both bridges to single lane traffic and pedestrians in December 2019
- Both bridges will open in full in spring 2020
No more planned closures of the tram service are needed under this project.
The work carried out so far includes:
- Weight removed from the bridge to ensure the safety of the tramway under it
- A pedestrian and cycle bridge installed to ensure access for local residents
- Funding secured for both bridge replacements
- Legal agreements reached between TfL and Croydon Council
- Tendering completed
- Design work started
- Discussions with utility companies held to agree on diversions and reinstatement of major utilities
- Lighting improved across the site and on the walkways
- Security patrols operating 24 hours a day
- Installation of ground anchors into the earth to support each new bridge structure
- Demolition and reconstruction of both the bridge over the tram line and the bridge over Addiscombe Railway Park
- Work to resurface the road
- Work (in progress) to finish widening pavements
Why we're doing the work
The bridge is now more than 120 years old, so extensive work is needed to replace the bridge deck.
When we took over responsibility for Blackhorse Lane Bridge from Network Rail in September 2013, the bridge already had a 3 tonne weight limit. Our regular surveys showed that the weight limit needed to be reduced further.
Traffic weight restriction measures were put in place but the new limit was breached regularly. This is why the bridge was closed and a diversion route put in place.
Working with the community
We have worked closely with Croydon Council on the bridge closures and replacement plans. We'll stay in touch with local residents, business owners and stakeholders.