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East Croydon station

Current constraints

The station currently has six platforms which means that incoming trains often have to queue outside the station for a platform to become available.

Accessibility at the station is limited as the existing access ramps are steep and congested, the small concourse regularly becomes overcrowded and passenger facilities are limited.

Our proposal

We propose to reconstruct East Croydon station in phases, while trains continue to run, increasing the number of platforms from six to eight, four to serve northbound services and four to serve southbound services.

Since the first consultation, our design development has identified that it is not possible to just add two additional platforms into the tight railway corridor, which is constrained by high-rise buildings on both sides.

Instead it is proposed that the redeveloped station will move north by approximately 100m and be fully reconstructed.

Indicative view of the main entrance

The reconfigured platforms will be accessible by lifts, stairs and escalators; the recently constructed footbridge will be retained and repurposed to form the new gateline into the station.

Access to this main entrance would be available from the tram and bus stations, from Caithness Walk and from Cherry Orchard Road. A new northern concourse with an improved entrance will be created, accessible from Lansdowne Road.

As well as increasing capacity on the Brighton Main Line, the reconstruction would provide major opportunities to improve the station and support the ongoing regeneration of central Croydon.

Indicative internal view of the platform area

Station improvements

8 escalators or stairs per platform

2 improved entrances

2 additional platforms

2 lifts serving each platform


  • More reliable services
  • Capability for more main line and suburban trains
  • Improved passenger facilities
  • Dedicated directional platform islands to reduce short notice platform changes
  • Better access to platforms
  • Increased concourse space
  • More retail opportunity
  • Improved urban realm
  • A new gateway station to support the ongoing regeneration of Croydon