The next significant step in the Blackhorse Lane bridge replacement project will begin this weekend with the current bridge surface being demolished and replaced.

To allow this work to take place safely, there will be full closure of the 130-year-old bridge over the tram line below, impacting cyclists and pedestrians.

Closures to the tram line below will also be necessary in case of falling debris.

There will be no access to the bridge over the tram line from Sunday April 14 to Friday June 7.

Alternative pedestrian access routes will be via the footbridge linking Stroud Road and Tenterden Road or alternatively access to Lower Addiscombe Road will be via Coniston Road, Addiscombe Avenue and then Everton Road.

Signage will be on display to indicate the nearest alternative route for pedestrians and cyclists.

Part of the London Tram network, between Addiscombe and Birkbeck, and Addiscombe and Elmers End, will be closed from Saturday April 13 until Sunday April 21.

Rail replacement bus services will run between East Croydon and Birkbeck/Elmers End during this closure.

Transport for London announced further delays to the reopening of the bridge earlier this year.

Due to the discovery of a Victorian sewer, the date was pushed back to spring 2020 at earliest.

TfL hope to open the bridge to single lane traffic and pedestrians as early as December 2019.

Various political figures have voice their displeasure at the delays, including Sarah Jones, MP for for Croydon Central, whose constituency office is based on the same road.