Croydon Council-owned Addiscombe Park Bridge will be 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've appointed contractor Morgan Sindall to do the work. Between now and summer 2018 it will produce detailed designs and develop a work schedule:
We will need to close Blackhorse Lane bridge over the tramway for a short time (during school holidays) to take down and rebuild the bridge deck. It will be closed to all users including cyclists and pedestrians. We'll post the dates of this closure here and on local notices.
The work carried out so far includes:
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.
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.