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Norwood Junction Station Upgrade

Started 17 June 2019 00:00 — Ended 26 July 2019 23:59

Started 17 June 2019 00:00 Ended 26 July 2019 23:59
Status: Closed



Norwood Junction Station Upgrade Proposals

Network Rail is proposing to upgrade Norwood Junction station to provide more frequent and reliable services, as well as a modern, accessible station fit for the 21st Century.

The proposals are part of Network Rail’s long-term strategy to upgrade the Brighton Main Line and unblock the Croydon bottleneck.


Our upgrade proposal

Modify the existing track and platform layouts

  • Provide a track layout that allows more trains to run through and stop at the station.

  • Reconfigure the platforms to provide dedicated island platforms for northbound and southbound services.

  • Provide dedicated tracks away from the platforms, for fast non-stopping trains.


Lengthen and widen platforms

  • Lengthen platforms to allow full length (12-car) trains to stop and open all their doors at the station.

  • Widen all platforms to provide more space for passengers.


Provide step-free access

  • Provide two new footbridges, one with lifts to provide step-free access to all platforms.


Upgrade the signalling

  • Upgrade the signalling system to give our signallers the ability to recover the service more quickly when delays occur.


The benefits

Our proposals for Norwood Junction station would deliver regional and local benefits.


More frequent and more reliable services

While the proposals form a key part of our wider plans to unblock the Croydon bottleneck, they would also have benefits as a standalone project, helping to improve reliability and run more frequent services.



Increased station capacity

Widening and lengthening the platforms would provide more space for passengers to wait and get on and off train services. Providing two footbridges would reduce congestion and allow passengers to move more freely through the station.





Step-free access to all platforms would make the station accessible to all passengers, including those with buggies or luggage, the elderly and those with reduced mobility.


Keeping people on the move

We would look to start these works before other works for our wider proposals to unblock the Croydon bottleneck and upgrade the Brighton Main Line. Upgrading Norwood Junction station first would provide the ability to move more trains and people while we work at other locations on our wider proposals. Delivering step-free access earlier would also provide significant benefits for local station users.


Indicative concept


Indicative aerial view of the proposed Norwood Junction station

To make the station accessible and safer for all passengers we would remove the subway which currently allows access to platforms. Two new footbridges would be built, at the south and north ends of the station. The bridge at the south end would have lifts, providing step-free access to all platforms from Station Road and Clifford Road.

The public subway (outside of the station) linking both sides of the station would be unaffected by the proposal.

Trains would no longer stop at existing platform 1, but this area will be used to help improve passenger circulation within the station. The proposed island platforms would be accessed via the new footbridges.



The proposed platform layout would provide a dedicated island platform for northbound services, towards London, and a dedicated island platform for  southbound services, towards Croydon.


The layout would allow passengers to quickly and safely interchange between fast and suburban stopping services.


Managing impacts

We would work with train operators to run as full a service as possible through Norwood Junction station during the proposed upgrade. We propose to retain four platforms throughout construction and install the new footbridges first, to provide improvements for passengers as quickly as possible.

As we develop the detail of our proposals we will continue to engage with residents, businesses and passengers to make them aware of our proposals and the potential benefits.

We propose to start and finish works in the early 2020s.

Next steps

Our current proposals for the station are likely to be constructed entirely within the railway boundary and we would look to seek consent for these through the usual planning process. Currently these works are not proposed to form part of our Transport and Works Act Order application for our other proposed upgrade works between East Croydon station and the “Selhurst triangle” which we have been consulting on. Further consultation on these proposals will take place in 2020.

The proposals for Norwood Junction station are currently unfunded, as are

the wider proposals to upgrade the Brighton Main Line. Over the months

and years ahead we will continue to make the case for investment in the

Brighton Main Line railway.

You can share your views on the Norwood Junction upgrade by sending in our freepost form, or filling in our online survey. Comments can be shared from 17 June – 26 July.


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Comments can be shared from 17 June - 26 July


What happens next

This phase of public engagement has now closed - thank you for all of your views. We will process all the coments we have recieved and report back to the public and community by mid 2020. In the meantime, if you have any further questions please contact us on:

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