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The Scheme is the major part of our Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme (CARS) proposal, the biggest proposed improvement on the Brighton Main Line.

*Railway Permitted Development works may require planning permission and other consents


More than 300,000 passengers and 1,700 trains pass through the Croydon area each weekday, making it the busiest part of the country’s rail network.

The complex railway through the area means the Croydon bottleneck is widely considered to be the most operationally challenging railway junction in the UK, regularly causing delays on the Brighton Main Line, its
branches and the wider network.

The Scheme includes the following key elements:

  • Expansion of East Croydon station from six to eight platforms providing significant station and interchange improvements
  • Construction of three additional railway tracks between East Croydon station and the Selhurst triangle
  • Rebuilding Lower Addiscombe Road / Windmill Bridge to make space for additional tracks, with associated changes to the surrounding road network
  • Remodelling track layouts and railway junctions including physically separating existing surface (flat) railway junctions by constructing new flyovers and dive-unders
  • Expansion of the current railway operational boundary to allow the construction and operation of the new railway outlined above