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.

Timeline of work

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:

  • Detailed design: January-June 2018
  • Site investigations: January-March 2018
  • Utility diversions: January-August 2018
  • Enabling works: May-July 2018
  • Main construction works: June-December 2018
  • Highway resurfacing - road expected to be re-opened by end of January 2019

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.

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.