East Croydon Station’s Missing Link: why there isn’t a link to Cherry Orchard Road

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Addiscombe’s Missing Link

Since 2010 Croydon Tories have been promising a link from East Croydon Station to Cherry Orchard Road but after 4 years it has still not materialised. How did this happen?

In 2010 Croydon Tories received a report on East Croydon Masterplan which sets out the need for new entrances to East Croydon Station. These extra entrances were supported by developers, the council and by Network Rail. Labour Councillors backed the idea of a new bridge and entrances but we were sceptical that developers like Menta would ever fund their part of the scheme and suggested that Croydon Council should take a lead on providing the new link, as it would benefit 1000’s of Addiscombe residents every day. Croydon Tories dismissed this suggestions and said they were confident their private sector partners would deliver. Details of this can be found in our story from October 2010.

Come 2012 and with no signs that Menta would ever deliver a link to the bridge Croydon Council came under pressure from Network Rail to rethink it approach. Network Rail has spent £14million building and installing the new pedestrian bridge at East Croydon and one of it aims was to alleviate congestion on the main concourse on George Street. With no exit to Cherry Orchard Road the new pedestrian bridge was not going to be a help. In the mean time Addiscombe Councillors started running a “bridge to nowhere” campaign to high light the mistakes that Croydon Conservatives had made over their decisions.

Finally in July 2012, Croydon Tories were forced to admit their mistakes, or at least their officers did. A write up of the meeting where Croydon Tories did their reverse turn on this decision can be found in the Croydon Advertiser’s article of July 2012. http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/East-Croydon-bridge-scheme-cost-2-7million/story-16493196-detail/story.html

It is now May 2014 and the link has yet to open. Other new entrances have been built and are now in use. If Croydon Conservatives has heeded our advice in 2010, we too in Addiscombe, could have easier access to East Croydon Station, but thanks to Croydon Tories incompetence, we currently can’t.

About Sean

Councillor for Addiscombe Ward, 1994-2006, re-elected in May 2010 along with Mark Watson and Patricia Hay-Justice. Since May 2014 Chair of Scrutiny. Lives locally in Addiscombe.
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