Another milestone in the multimillion pound redevelopment of West Croydon transport interchange was reached this week with the opening of the new bus station.
London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross officially opened the £4.5m bus station, which will serve 25 bus routes and accommodate 23,000 passengers a day, on Wednesday. The station was completely rebuilt by Transport for London and now boasts an open, pedestrian friendly layout and a 21 percent increased capacity.
The rebuild aligned with £6m investment by the council to transform the area around West Croydon public transport interchange. Significant improvements have been made to meet the needs of the borough’s growing population and to make it easier for residents and visitors to get around.
The work has included changing the road layout around the bus station, upgrading the traffic lights at the Station Road, North End and Tamworth Road junction to improve traffic flow, widening the pavement on London Road and North End to make the area more pedestrian friendly, upgrading West Croydon tram station and installing architectural lighting and features at St Michael and All Angels Grade 1 listed Church.
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment
“It’s fantastic to see West Croydon bus station re-built, modernised and given the makeover it deserves as it is a major transport hub and gateway to our town centre. This is a really important milestone in the regeneration of Croydon.
“We are revitalising and transforming the streets around the West Croydon transport interchange with a £6m package of improvements and the new bus station is right at the heart of this.”
The new bus station facilities include fully accessible bus stops, a large sheltered waiting area, real time travel information, improved lighting and security and an information office which is staffed daily between 0630 and 2130.
More than £50m was invested in Croydon through a jointly funded project managed by Croydon Council. Supported by Mayor of London and other partners, it aimed to transform the town centre by creating a more attractive environment in which to walk, live, work, socialise and do business.