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.

Next steps

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're currently aiming to open both bridges to single lane traffic and pedestrians by the end of December 2019. This could be pushed to January 2020 at the latest if the utility companies involved can't complete their own work as part of this.

Closures

Three separate closures on the Beckenham Junction branch of the tram line are needed to carry out the work as quickly as possible. Tram-replacement bus services will run and closures will take place during school holidays as much as possible. The first of these closures will take place from Saturday 16 February to Sunday 24 February 2019.

We will close both bridges to pedestrians and cyclists during summer 2019 for up to four weeks.

We'll try to reduce the inconvenience as much as possible:

  • Diversion routes will be in place
  • A local shuttle bus service will run
  • Where possible and safe, pedestrians will be marshalled through the site

We know these restrictions will be disruptive but they are necessary to allow both bridges to open to single lane traffic at the earliest opportunity before the full reopening.

Earlier activity

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
  • Work (in progress) to install ground anchors into the earth to support each new bridge structure

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.