Addiscombe Railway Park
The open space is located on part of the former Addiscombe railway track between East India Way (off the Lower Addiscombe Road) and Blackhorse Lane tram stop.
Entrances to the park are located in East India Way, Dalmally Passage which runs between Morland Road and Dalmally Road and Blackhorse Lane tram stop.
3.3 acres, 1.3 hectares
- Natural vegetation and grassland
- Footpath and cycleway
- Dog waste bins
Croydon's newest park was opened to the public on 26 May 2007 by the mayor, Councillor Derek Millard.
The open space extends from East India Way to Dalmally Passage along the route of the former railway line where trains ceased to run in 1997. A cycle and footpath runs along the whole site through the natural vegetation which is regenerating following the development of the park.
Over the last two years, working in close consultation with local residents, the former railway bridge across Dalmally Passage has been demolished and the banks regraded to provide access to the top of the embankment and improve visibility for pedestrians walking from Morland to Dalmally Road.
More than 1,500 shrubs and young trees have been planted at the site by BTCV (British Trust for Nature Conservation) and local volunteers. The park will be managed to develop a natural habitat for birds, wildlife and plants in the area. Ornamental gates and railings have been erected which reflect the sites history and depict the railway and crossing point gates. Old railway sleepers have been used for some of the signage at the site and other railway artefacts that have been found at the site will be restored and displayed in the park.
A further phase of the park is planned which will provide a second link from Dalmally Passage to Blackhorse Lane tram stop.