Peter Underwood, the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for Croydon South, has launched a petition against the plans to build urban motorways through Waddon.
Transport for London has announced a proposal to build a multi-lane flyover – with possibly five or six lanes of traffic – from Croydon Road towards Duppas Hill and the Croydon Flyover. It seems inevitable that this will require demolishing some houses and building over Duppas Hill Park, something of which the MP for the Whitgift Foundation thoroughly approves.
TfL’s consultation offers an alternative of building a four-lane route along Epsom Road, through a gap which is half that size.
“They are in effect planning to build motorway-sized roads through an urban area,” Underwood said.
“TfL claims that these proposals will reduce traffic problems by increasing road capacity. But we all know that building bigger roads just attracts more cars into the area. Opening up one section of road just moves traffic on to the next bottleneck. These proposals will bring even more traffic into Waddon and central Croydon to add to the congestion and exhaust pollution we already suffer.
“The TfL proposals make vague references to cycle lanes and widening pavements, but it is clear that the main motivation is to increase car traffic.
“The money proposed for building the Waddon motorways could instead go towards extending the tram network or other improvements to public transport. The money could be spent on making Croydon’s roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians. But we are not being offered these sensible proposals. The TfL consultation only offers a choice between the two urban motorways.”
“Residents of Croydon are rightly suspicious of politicians setting up petitions. However, these urban motorway proposals are a genuine threat and the petition I’ve set up feeds directly into the TfL consultation process.”
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