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East Croydon Redevelopment: New Western Entrance Open

The new western entrance to East Croydon Station from ground level

The western entrance to the new footbridge at East Croydon was opened between 15:00 and 15:30 on Thursday 5th December 2013. The opening ceremony was performed by Mike Fisher, the leader of Croydon Council, Croydon mayor Yvette Hopley, together with Chris Burchell Southern's Managing Director.
 
The ceremony was followed by music provided by a steel band and street entertainers. Later on there was a firework display and a street market was provided in Lansdowne Road.

The boarding to the right covers the stairs to a segregated part of the bridge which will provide public pedestrian access to Cherry Orchard Road. This will not be completed until redevelopment work in Cherry Orchard road, which is yet to start, is under way.

The first three pictures on this page were taken on the day after the official opening.

photograph by Lester Hayes

The landscaped approach to the new western entrance to East Croydon Station

The approach from the Lansdowne Road/Dingwall Road roundabout has high quality paving and some trees and flowerbeds. It has been described as "surprisingly pleasant".

photograph by Lester Hayes

The landside of the gate line at the new western entrance to East Croydon Station

A booking office has not been provided at this new entrance although ticket machines have, two at ground level and a further two by the barrier line.  The above photograph shows the gate line from the street side.

photograph by Lester Hayes

The railway side of the gate line of the new westren entrance t East Croydon Station

The reverse shot from the railway side. Signage is to the Home Office and Whitgift Shopping Centre. Early reports are that crowding has been significantly reduced thanks to this new bridge and entrance/exit.

photograph by Stuart Hicks

The new footbridge at East Croydon Station seen from platform 1

The western side of the new footbridge as seen from platform 1 on 13th December 2013. The new but un-opened public access way to Cherry Orchard Road is in the foreground of the bridge. The public will not be afforded protection from the elements!

photograph by Stuart Hicks