GETTING CARS ON THE ROAD

A RADICAL PLAN HAS BEEN HATCHED TO UNCORK THE CROYDON BOTTLENECK, REPORTS JAMES ABBOTT

Network Rail has begun public consultation on the Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme (CARS). The aim is to remove a major bottleneck on the Brighton main line by grade separating junctions and installing two extra platform faces.

Croydon is a busy railway hub with 1,200 trains every day. Passenger igures have grown by 4.5% on the Brighton main line in the past decade and over the next 20 years at least 15% further growth is expected – on a line that is already just about full up. Over the past few years, train performance on the Brighton main line has been poor.

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