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.

Next steps

We've appointed contractor Morgan Sindall to do the work. During summer 2018 they did site investigations and enabling works and produced detailed designs.

We're now working closely with them and Croydon Council to develop a work schedule including the project completion date. Check back here for more information.

    We may also need to close Blackhorse Lane Bridge to all users, including cyclists and pedestrians, for short periods while key construction work is done. We'll post the dates of any closures here and on local notices.

    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

    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.