Plans to upgrade Norwood Junction station to allow trains to run more reliably and more frequently have received 94 per cent support from passengers, residents and firms in the area.
Network Rail wants to remodel tracks and platforms to allow more trains to run through and stop at the station in the future.
Currently, stopping and fast trains share the same tracks, so delays to each have a knock-on effect. The current platforms at Norwood Junction are also too narrow and too short for modern 12-car trains.
The planned improvements would mean more capacity, less disruption and full-length 12-car platforms – and also make the station step-free.
John Halsall, managing director of Network Rail’s southern region, said: “I’m pleased that our proposals for Norwood Junction station have been well received by passengers and local people.
“The proposals are a key part of our long-terms plans to unblock the railway bottleneck in the Croydon area to reduce delays and overcrowding on the Brighton main line.2
Sarah Jones, MP for Croydon Central, said: “I’ve long supported this important upgrade that I know will be of great help to the thousands of people who use Norwood Junction station every day.
“Investment in improving accessibility at this vital transport hub is particularly welcome and I look forward to the positive impact that the completion of this project will have for residents.”
Only two per cent disagreed with the scheme, while four per cent were undecided
In all, 239 people attended the information events, 144 people responded online.