New East Croydon footbridge and pedestrian route officially opened
A street festival and fireworks celebrated the official opening of pedestrian route and footbridge between East Croydon Station and the town centre.
Croydon Mayor Councillor Yvette Hopley formally opened the new station entrance last Thursday, joined by Council leader Mike Fisher.
The opening was followed by a street festival that saw performers, musicians and food stalls line the Lansdowne Road entrance to the pedestrian link and footbridge.
The 100 metres long and 14 metres wide footbridge has been dubbed the catalyst for unifying Croydon.
The £20m investment that was jointly funded by Croydon Council and Network Rail, stretches across the railway lines, creating a station entrance and platform interchange with lifts.
The pedestrian link leads to Lansdowne Road, which is also being upgraded to create an improved walking and cycling route with widened footways, new paving, planting and seating, and a new look for Dingwall Road roundabout.
A new pedestrian crossing over Wellesley Road will complete the route in July 2014.
Speaking at the opening Cllr Fisher spoke of a "transformational project"
He said: "This is real evidence of partnership working to bring about tangible signs of regeneration.
"This reflects Croydon's ability to deliver key infrastructure and create much needed new jobs."
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