The Anonymous Widower

Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme – Lower Addiscombe Road / Windmill Bridge

The rebuilding of this bridge is key to the Croydon Enhancement Scheme.

IThe scope is described on this web page.

This is the introductory paragraph.

To provide more platforms at East Croydon station and allow the Selhurst triangle junctions to be remodelled we need to expand the railway from five to eight tracks north of East Croydon. This means we need to rebuild the road bridge over the railway, increasing its span, to provide space for three additional tracks.

This Google Map shows the bridge and East Croydon station.


  1. Windmill Bridge is the road crossing the railway at the top of the map.
  2. East Croydon station is in the South West corner of the map.
  3. Adding three extra tracks between the new bridge and East Croydon station will be challenging.

I took these pictures as I walked between around the current Windmill Bridge.


  1. The bridge is very busy with traffic.
  2. It is a nightmare for pedestrians, as pavements are narrow and there is no crossing on the bridge.
  3. I suspect that it is a bridge, that cyclists hate and avoid.
  4. I also believe it may have a low weight limit.

It certainly needs replacing, with something wider and more substantial for road traffic.


Network Rail lists these benefits of a new bridge.

  • Longer bridge to accommodate additional tracks
  • Dedicated cycle lanes
  • Vehicle weight restriction removed
  • Opportunity for new pedestrian and cycle links under the bridge.

It certainly looks like it will be a lot better and my observations will be addressed.

Network Rail’s Proposals

The following is taken from the web page.

The construction of the new bridge would take place early in the programme as it is a key enabler for the rest of the Scheme.

To construct the new bridge, we would:

  1. Permanently close the southern end of Gloucester Road (the ramp to the bridge)
  2. Build the new bridge offline south of, and next to, the existing structure, reducing disruption to road users
  3. Slide the new bridge deck across the railway without closing the track below
  4. Close the existing bridge to traffic and pedestrians
  5. Use the new bridge in its temporary location as a pedestrian and cycle route while the existing bridge is closed
  6. Demolish the existing bridge and slide the new bridge into its permanent position.

I would score Network Rail a full ten out of ten for ingenuity.

I don’t think, I’ve ever heard of a scheme, where the new bridge is used temporarily to get pedestrians and cyclists across an obstacle, before it is moved into its final position.

This visualisation from the site shows the completed bridge and the eight tracks underneath.

It looks like it will be a tight fit.

Other Thoughts

These are other thoughts on various issues.

Project Management

Network Rail are saying they will do this sub-project early,

This will mean that they get the space to do all the rest of the work and keep traffic, pedestrians and cyclists away from the following sub-projects.

On the Introduction page of the Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme, the video shows how the bridge will be installed. It is well worth a watch.

Gloucester Road

It took me about five minutes to cross Gloucester Road, where it joins the bridge and the pedestrian provision is terrible.

But will those who live and work on the Southern part of the road, accept the closure?

These pictures show that part of the road.

September 1, 2020 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. […] On Sunday morning, I went to Croydon to look at Windmill Bridge, in Croydon, which I wrote about in Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme – Lower Addiscombe Road / Windmill Bridge. […]

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you are healing and keeping well.

    I landed here looking for info on the Brighton Main Line – Selhurst triangle improvement works. Not a local but considering moving into South Croydon and was wondering if the houses along the tracks in South Croydon would be impacted by this remodelling project. Would you know?

    Comment by The Ponderer | February 11, 2021 | Reply

  3. I wouldn’t know, but I know a company that does.

    I have heard that if you write to Network Rail or send an e-mail, you generally get a reasonable reply.

    A few other thoughts.

    Network Rail don’t like hassle, so to increase capacity on the Brighton Main Line, they’d probably prefer to use something like digital signalling, which means trains can run closer to each other. So you end up with more trains on the same number of tracks.

    Most of the improvements at Croydon seem to be happening North of East Croydon station, so the big works are to the North.

    An estate agent friend, told me that before you buy a house, you should take a close look on Google Maps to a high-resolution and look for community organisations like a local community garden group. These groups, always know the gossip about what’s happening.

    Some of the houses seem to have long gardens leading down to the railway.

    As new trains get introduced, they are likely to get quieter.

    Comment by AnonW | February 11, 2021 | Reply

  4. Thank you for taking the time to pen the detailed reply. I had reached out to network rail earlier this week, yet to hear back from them. Good to hear the further details on the improvement works. I also read the consultation feedback on this topic. Thanks for the tip on the community garden group, I will take a look.

    Comment by The Ponderer | February 11, 2021 | Reply

  5. I have just looked at South Croydon station on Google Maps and Wikipedia.

    I looks to me, that adding extra tracks through the station would be very difficult, as it’s very tight now, with just five tracks and platforms. So I think it is unlikely there will be more tracks through the area.

    Comment by AnonW | February 11, 2021 | Reply

  6. As long as they don’t need to buy properties along the tracks, I think am all good 🙂 Thanks for checking Anonw!

    Comment by The Ponderer | February 11, 2021 | Reply

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