Croydon Council-owned Addiscombe Railway Park Bridge was replaced at the same time in one joint project to save public money and time. That new bridge is two metres wider to accommodate a cycle path, improving facilities for people walking and cycling in the area.

Why we replaced the bridge

The bridge over the tram line was more than 120 years old - extensive work was 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.

What we've done

The work at Blackhorse Lane  included:

  • 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
  • Resurfacing the road
  • Widening pavements


Our appointed contractor Morgan Sindall did site investigations and enabling works and produced detailed designs in 2018.

Working closely with them and Croydon Council, we developed a work schedule:

  • During 2019 both bridges were demolished and reconstructed
  • We opened both bridges to single lane traffic and pedestrians in December 2019
  • Blackhorse Lane closed to all traffic from 08:00 Monday 24 February to 10:00 Tuesday 25 February
  • Both bridges opened in full on Tuesday 25 February 2020

Working with the community

We have worked closely with Croydon Council on the bridge closures and replacement plans and stayed in touch with local residents, business owners and stakeholders.