The artistic new underpass that runs beneath Norwood Junction Station has been revealed today.
The 180 metre long tunnel has been covered in a photographic sequence depicting the route that would have been travelled if the underpass was not there. The project has been supported by many community organisations and local businesses.
The sequence includes several local shops such as the high street butchers, chip shops and supermarkets, as well as hints of historical South Norwood.
Photographer, Liane Lang, worked with local historian John Hickman as well as Croydon Local Studies and Archives to include small details and references to Victorian South Norwood. The photographic sequence also includes the one-time Norwood resident Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Speaking at the opening, Lang paid tribute to everyone involved, saying that the project was “all an experiment.”
Hickman, who also attended the opening, branded the project “a fantastic piece of art” and went on to say that South Norwood is “very lucky to have it.”
Croydon council’s planning, regeneration and conservation department commissioned the artwork as part of a scheme to improve the experience for local people and visitors.
Councillor Sara Bashford said: “This scheme will make a real difference to anyone waking through the tunnel. The underpass is used by hundreds of people every day- and many of them worked with the artist to create this installation in celebration of the community in South Norwood.”
Additional reporting by Nikki Allan