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March 2016

Work begins to end Wellesley Road divide

Work is underway on a new pedestrian and cycle crossing in the heart of Croydon.

A new surface-level crossing will give office workers, residents and shoppers better access across the Wellesley Road.

It is part of the larger £50million Connected Croydon project funded by Croydon Council, Transport for London (TfL) and via the Greater London Authority and will form part of a series of improvements to public spaces in and around the busy through-route, which carries more than 28,000 vehicles per day and is often accused of dividing the town.

In addition to the crossing – between Bedford Park and Poplar Walk – proposed improvements include the closure and filling-in of the existing subway; wider, less cluttered footways with new paving, lighting, signs, seating and planting; and improved cycle facilities along Bedford Park and Poplar Walk.

Further improvements, developed by the council in conjunction with the GLA and TfL, include:

  • Removal of the U-turn north of the Bedford Park junction;
  • Planting to the central reservation (from the exit of the underpass heading north to the junction with Station Road);
  • Areas of seating and planting along the pavement on both the east and west sides of Wellesley Road;
  • Approximately 110 new street trees;
  • Approximately 115 items of old street furniture and lighting removed or replaced.

Work on the crossing is expected to last up to a year, and will involve lane closures and diversions for motorists.

Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, said: “The planned improvements for Wellesley Road will help to regenerate central Croydon by providing easy pedestrian and cycle connections between the office, retail and residential areas.

"It will also help the creation of new housing development, and provide a better environment for existing and new businesses.

“We’re confident that the planned improvements will help boost the town’s night-time economy by increasing the number of pedestrians, and consequent footfall, to create and sustain new shopping and community opportunities, both in Wellesley Road and nearby areas such as George Street, High Street, North End and Park Street.

“These proposals are only the latest in a range of improvements that will help – and in some cases already are helping – Croydon to face the challenges of the future, and make life better for the people who live and work here.”

The work begins around a week after it was announced that central Government had given Croydon’s growth zone both the power to retain 50 per cent of new town centre business rates and £7m to help underpin a five-year infrastructure programme to boost the borough’s economy and create thousands of new jobs and homes.

Information on traffic diversions and road closures is available at the council’s road maintenance and closures page. This will include any upcoming diversions and closures affecting Wellesley Road.

Work begins to end Wellesley Road divide

Work is underway on a new pedestrian and cycle crossing in the heart of Croydon.

A new surface-level crossing will give office workers, residents and shoppers better access across the Wellesley Road.

It is part of the larger £50million Connected Croydon project funded by Croydon Council, Transport for London (TfL) and via the Greater London Authority and will form part of a series of improvements to public spaces in and around the busy through-route, which carries more than 28,000 vehicles per day and is often accused of dividing the town.

In addition to the crossing – between Bedford Park and Poplar Walk – proposed improvements include the closure and filling-in of the existing subway; wider, less cluttered footways with new paving, lighting, signs, seating and planting; and improved cycle facilities along Bedford Park and Poplar Walk.

Further improvements, developed by the council in conjunction with the GLA and TfL, include:

  • Removal of the U-turn north of the Bedford Park junction;
  • Planting to the central reservation (from the exit of the underpass heading north to the junction with Station Road);
  • Areas of seating and planting along the pavement on both the east and west sides of Wellesley Road;
  • Approximately 110 new street trees;
  • Approximately 115 items of old street furniture and lighting removed or replaced.

Work on the crossing is expected to last up to a year, and will involve lane closures and diversions for motorists.

Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, said: “The planned improvements for Wellesley Road will help to regenerate central Croydon by providing easy pedestrian and cycle connections between the office, retail and residential areas.

"It will also help the creation of new housing development, and provide a better environment for existing and new businesses.

“We’re confident that the planned improvements will help boost the town’s night-time economy by increasing the number of pedestrians, and consequent footfall, to create and sustain new shopping and community opportunities, both in Wellesley Road and nearby areas such as George Street, High Street, North End and Park Street.

“These proposals are only the latest in a range of improvements that will help – and in some cases already are helping – Croydon to face the challenges of the future, and make life better for the people who live and work here.”

The work begins around a week after it was announced that central Government had given Croydon’s growth zone both the power to retain 50 per cent of new town centre business rates and £7m to help underpin a five-year infrastructure programme to boost the borough’s economy and create thousands of new jobs and homes.

Information on traffic diversions and road closures is available at the council’s road maintenance and closures page. This will include any upcoming diversions and closures affecting Wellesley Road.

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The devolutionary arrangement will help Croydon to deliver its £5.25billion regeneration programme creating thousands of new jobs and homes for local people.

The government has also awarded Croydon £7million to help underpin the delivery of a £350million infrastructure programme being delivered by the council and the Mayor of London which features 39 key projects including transport, schools and community infrastructure, regeneration and public realm improvements, and support for small businesses.

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Support for the borough’s growth zone comes after the council, the Mayor of London and partners worked with government to help accelerate the borough’s major regeneration projects.

Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council said: “Croydon is changing. This vital backing from central government shows the importance of Croydon to London and the south east, and supports this administration's plans to transform our borough.

“Giving us the power to keep some of our business rates and £7m of grant funding will help us fund a multi-million pound infrastructure programme, which is essential to supporting the regeneration and growth of the borough.

“It is set to bring huge economic benefits to our resident and transform Croydon into a modern European city.”

The deal has been brought forward by cross-party negotiations and lobbying from the Labour-run Croydon Council and Conservative controlled Greater London Authority with central government.

Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Policy said: “The Mayor and Council are working hard to breathe new life and vitality into Croydon, so we are delighted to hear the news of this latest boost.

"It is important that retail and social hubs are welcoming, attractive and reflect the upsurge in confidence in the town. This programme is just one of a number of projects that we are working on as we regenerate Croydon to make it a major driver of our economy.”

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: “We’re devolving powers from Whitehall to Town Halls across the country, putting power directly in the hands of communities to shape the future development of their area.

“That’s why I’m pleased we are able to offer not just £7million to Croydon’s Growth Zone, but also the freedom to retain local business rates for the next quarter of a century. This will help to deliver the infrastructure and homes that are needed.

“I look forward to seeing for myself how this important investment can make a real difference to Croydon and the lives of local residents.”