Network Rail have published responses to the consultation. We reproduce below their comments.
|Thank you to all those who took part in our consultation to help shape our proposals for Croydon and the Brighton Main Line.|
|Our proposals to untangle the railway bottleneck in Croydon have received a positive response from passengers and the community following public consultation. Despite the pandemic, from 1 June to 20 September we ran an extensive public consultation, where we engaged with statutory and public consultees on our plans.
To recreate the experience of regular face-to-face public consultation events, live chat facilities and a consultation hotline replaced regular engagement events, which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. The consultation period was also extended to 16 weeks from the usual 6 week period to allow consultees and members of the public ample opportunity to help shape the proposals.
Of the 1,428 responses submitted, 90% were in favour of the overall proposals to unblock the bottleneck and provide faster, more reliable and more frequent services on the Brighton Main Line and the lines that feed into it. Favourability toward the individual elements of the scheme was also very positive.
A summary of the consultation feedback is available on the Network Rail website here.
|The London Borough of Croydon promoted the consultation in their residents’ newsletters, mail shots and social media channels. They also worked with us to identify and engage hard to reach residents. Councillor Muhammad Ali, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for sustainable Croydon, said “Strong and reliable public transport links into and out of our borough play a key role in Croydon’s economy, so this rail upgrade promises to make a real difference to our town centre and our many residents, workers and visitors who use East Croydon station each day.”
Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership who recently outlined the upgrade as critical to delivering regional plans to build back smarter, stronger and greener said “I’m delighted to see that that there is strong public support for the Croydon bottleneck proposals. It will enable more frequent and reliable services between our economic centres and into London and align demand and capacity in the regional rail network. This will unlock opportunities for development and growth way beyond the railway itself and outside the boundaries of our region.”
Residents and businesses
Network Rail will use the feedback received from the public consultation to shape the final designs which will be shared ahead of the application.