Major town centre improvements to take place

 

Major improvement works to the town centre are to take place over the coming weeks in George Street outside East Croydon, in Old Town and around West Croydon.

This is the latest important phase of the Connected Croydon programme, a £50m project to transform the town centre through improvements to the high street and transport infrastructure.

West Croydon

More than £3m is being invested in West Croydon to transform the area into a welcoming gateway with more space for pedestrians and better connections to the rest of the town centre.

Work is planned to install new paving and kerbing in the area along Station Road that links the railway station with the bus station.

The West Croydon tram stop will be increased in width to provide more space with new planting and seating.

The section of London Road from West Croydon railway station to North End will also be overhauled, by widening the footways making it more pedestrian-friendly.

Old Town

Following works to upgrade shop and building fronts along Church Street and Frith Road, the next phase of improvements will focus on improving the street scene.

Starting tomorrow (Saturday, 28 March), this includes widening and repaving of footpaths, as well as installing new cycle parking, seating, street lighting, planting new trees and upgrading the traffic light signals.

George Street/East Croydon

Improvements will be made to the tram platforms and track bedding at East Croydon station as well as the new pavement on the north side of George Street from the station to the junction with Wellesley Road.

The pavement work will be carried out overnight when pedestrian numbers will be reduced.

London Tramlink is working with the council to enable improvements to tram platforms including Church Street, George Street, West Croydon and Wellesley Road.

To ensure works are carried out safely, a series of extended closures of the London Tramlink town centre loop will be taking place from Saturday, 28 March.

 

“We apologise for the disruption these works may cause, however these are essential long-term improvements to Croydon town centre, which are an important part of our regeneration programme.

“Both East and West Croydon stations are major gateways into the town. They are busy areas which often get congested, which is why it is vital to have an excellent public transport infrastructure in place that is easily accessible to all.

“This programme of works will help to transform Croydon into a pleasant, welcoming and enjoyable place to live, visit and work in.”

Councillor Kathy Bee, cabinet member for transport and environment

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