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.
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.
Separate closures of the Beckenham Junction branch of the tram line have been needed to do the work as quickly as possible.
Closures in February, April and August 2019 will allow both bridges to open to single lane traffic as early as possible before the full reopening.
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.