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Having lived in the area for many years we have always hoped that the area around along Cherry Orchard Road and East Croydon would improve. It sorely needs it, as anyone who makes that journey on foot each day knows too well. It is a bleak, uninteresting and depressing walk at the best of times during the day and, increasingly, feels more unsafe at night. The Cherry Orchard Gardens site has been empty since 2006,  boarded up, squatted and vandalised for the past few years and been an ugly eyesore acting as a bolt-hold for drug users and drug dealers. The small, unkept grassed area with the two tatty benches is littered with beer cans and rubbish, a constant reminder that this area is predominantly used by an increasing number of itinerant drunks.

This is where we all live. This is what we see each day. This is what greets us in the morning and we leave behind at night. It really should not be like this and nobody else has ever tried to change it over the past thirty years. This is why we are bothered.


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East Croydon is one of the busiest train station outside central London. Last year almost 20 million passengers entered or exited it for rail travel. Those who use it frequently will know that it operates reasonably well outside of peak hours, with regular and fast connections to central London. However, most people would agree it struggles at peak times, with too few entrances and exits, too few ticket booths and a mass of people who make the main hall difficult to navigate easily, made worse by the proximity of the busy tram interchange directly outside. It is not a welcoming station, with few and limited facilities; it is difficult to stop and take in information boards, unpleasant to wait for a friend, almost impossible to use with a young family.

New Station Entrance on Cherry Orchard Road

The new proposed new station entrance is long overdue. It is clearly the most sensible option to relieve an already over-congested main entrance, allowing residents of Addiscombe to enter into and exit directly from their own neighbourhood. The glass covered bridge will have its own ticket machines for everyday ticket purchase together with season ticket scanners and Oyster card readers and passengers will be able to descend directly onto the platform. The approach to the bridge will pass newly planted mature trees in Cherry Orchard Road to the grand, broad and spacious  two tier flight of steps, landscaped with planted green borders and furnished with new seating areas.

A smarter, sleeker more stylish station entrance

The staircase opens onto a very generous, uninterrupted public space which will be surrounded by new bars, restaurants, cafes and independent shops, together with further recreational facilities in the new four star boutique style hotel. It will provide all the everyday amenities which the current station entrance either lacks or provides inadequately, making the journey to and from work more pleasant, exciting and fulfilling. It also provides a comfortable and stylish place to meet friends, wait for passengers or do a little interesting shopping, making what is currently an unused wasteland a desirable new vibrant urban space and a long-awaited smarter “front door” for the residents of Addiscombe.

The bridge will also provide an open access, safe and secure pedestrian link to central Croydon, crossing high over the railway tracks and descending near to the current roundabout on Lansdowne Road, making the journey to the main shopping areas of Croydon easier and quicker for all residents of Addiscombe. Innovatively, and for the first time at East Croydon station, lifts will be installed allowing  wheel-chair users, families with children in push-chairs and the elderly access to the platforms and the direct pedestrian link to central Croydon.

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