Category Archives: Transport

Glamorgan campaigners in race against time to save old pub

The clock is ticking for campaigners to save an historic pub near East Croydon Station, with less than three months to raise the money to buy the building from its current owners. The Glamorgan on Cherry Orchard Road has been … Continue reading

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Flawed inquest into tram crash is ‘Hillsborough repeating itself’

A former Transport for London board member has written to the Attorney General to call for a second inquest into the causes of the 2016 tram crash at Sandilands. This follows the conclusion of the long-delayed inquest at Croydon Town … Continue reading

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Residents concern as South Norwood’s ‘culture war’ turns toxic

Shots have been fired, at least metaphorical ones, on the frontline of a “culture war” in South Norwood, as the latest council consultations over Low Traffic Neighbourhoods come to a close tonight. Residents who support the traffic-reducing schemes accuse the … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Commuting, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Cycling, Pat Ryan, South Norwood, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

#SouthernFail say they’re ‘very sorry’, they just can’t manage

Govia Thameslink Railway say they are “very sorry” for the shoddy service they have been providing all year, but particularly in August, on Southern and Thameslink trains, but they continue to blame the “Pingdemic” for driver shortages and short-notice cancellations. … Continue reading

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U-turn on the railway as Govia reinstate services for September

Less than a month since announcing a much-reduced service for passengers across south London, Govia Thameslink Railway – who also operate Southern Rail – have released details of revised timetables from September 6, with more trains to coincide with the … Continue reading

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How the timetable changes will affect your rail journey

Here is the detailed briefing note from Govia Thameslink on the timetable and service changes. As there was a reduction to five Thameslink and Southern routes from July 26, to help understand the changes on a route-by-route basis, the guide … Continue reading

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Capital punishment: Tories could insist on 4.8% fares hike

London’s bus, Tube, rail and tram passengers could face a punitive near-5 per cent fare rise in January, the biggest price hike on the capital’s public transport network for 10 years. Annual fare increases are linked to the July inflation … Continue reading

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By taking away the buses, they’ve cut off shops in town centre

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As the council abandons 10 years of delusion over the retail regeneration of the town centre, regular reader LEWIS WHITE, right, goes on a shopping trip to witness the state of the Whitgift Centre for himself I popped … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon BID, Debenhams, Surrey Street, TfL, Transport, West Croydon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Thameslink can’t blame covid for service cuts, says Pidgeon

Swingeing cuts to rail services by Govia Thameslink Railway have caused one London Assembly Member to declare that she is “totally unsatisfied with the timetable GTR are providing”. Among the worst-affected are those who used to travel from Purley and … Continue reading

Posted in Caroline Pidgeon, Commuting, Coulsdon, East Croydon, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Purley, Selhurst, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Network Rail warns of major disruption on Brighton mainline

Emergency work to replace two damaged rails on the Brighton mainline means passengers on the route are being urged to only travel if necessary this Sunday morning. Engineers will start work late on Saturday night between East Croydon and Redhill, … Continue reading

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Peddle My Wheels are offering affordable route into cycling

Croydon’s Labour-run council is promoting an innovative scheme to make cycling more affordable – but only if you live in the north of the borough. A series of second-hand bike markets are being staged throughout August, in partnership with local … Continue reading

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Lawyer’s plea: ‘Save tram victims’ families further heartache’

Lawyers representing families of victims of the 2016 Croydon tram crash have today written to the Attorney General asking for a new inquest. Last month, after an inquest held at Croydon Town Hall, the jury concluded that the seven people … Continue reading

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Government threat to withdraw low-traffic scheme grants

Croydon Council has started a consultation – another one – over its the filtered traffic “healthy neighbourhoods” schemes in on Holmesdale Road and Albert Road in South Norwood, in the knowledge that if they were to bow to pressure of … Continue reading

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Tram crash victims’ families call for retrial after inquest ‘farce’

‘Justice has not been done today’, says mother of one of those killed in the 2016 Sandilands tram disaster. ‘The inquest has created more anguish and pain because we have been left with so many unanswered questions’ The families of … Continue reading

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Coroner’s court verdict: Croydon tram crash was ‘accidental’

The jury in the coroner’s court inquest into the death of seven passengers on a Croydon tram in November 2016 has delivered a verdict of accidental death. The jury of 10 had earlier this week been directed to deliver a … Continue reading

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Coroner to allow majority verdict at tram crash inquest

Sarah Ormond-Walshe, the Coroner in the inquest into the deaths of seven people in the Sandilands tram crash in November 2016, has today directed the jury that they can deliver a majority verdict. The inquest at Croydon Town Hall had … Continue reading

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Cyclists still forced to ride on dangerous roads to nowhere

CROYDON COMMENTARY: A recent report on the state of the borough’s  unhealthy streets has caused dismay for DAN MAERTENS Dismay. That was my first thought when reading the report on Inside Croydon about our borough’s poor rating as far as … Continue reading

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London Mayor insists on masks on capital’s public transport

Face coverings must be worn on London’s buses, trains, Tube and trams, despite lockdown restrictions easing on Monday, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, announced overnight. Mayor Khan has made “the right decision”, according to Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones. … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Elly Baker, Health, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Borough needs to change gear to access £100m cycle fund

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Our borough scored poorly in a Healthy Streets report published last week. AUSTEN COOPER on how that can be improved “The joy of cycling is that doing it doesn’t just benefit you. It doesn’t just make you happier. … Continue reading

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‘Unlawful killing’ among possible tram crash inquest verdicts

The coroner at the inquest into the deaths of seven people in the Croydon tram crash told the jury today that they can return a verdict of either accidental death or unlawful killing. The jury retired to consider its verdict … Continue reading

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Croydon among worst London boroughs for ‘healthy’ streets

The council deputy leader’s cycling strategy appears to have gone down a dead-end street, as environmental report ranks the borough the 10th worst in London. By STEVEN DOWNES A report published yesterday shows that even when Croydon Council does have … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Cycling, Environment, London-wide issues, Pat Ryan, Schools, Stuart King, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Electrifying trip from the tip of England to the top of Scotland

JOHN JEFKINS wants to take you on a journey. Not one of those metaphorical businessspeak ones, but from Land’s End to John O’Groats in an electric car – without paying a penny for charging Nine hundred miles in three days, … Continue reading

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Brighton mainline rail improvements to be axed in Tory cuts

Long-planned improvements to the London to Brighton mainline railway outside Croydon, including rebuilding East Croydon Station and unblocking a bottleneck near Selhurst, could be scrapped as part of government post-covid cut-backs. Network Rail rates the lines around Croydon as the … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme, East Croydon, Norwood Junction, Selhurst, Transport | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments

Council puts hotel and College Green up for sale for just £40m

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Two prime sites, owned by the council, are the latest public assets to be off-loaded on the cheap. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES The cash-strapped council’s fire-sale of public assets continues, with the Croydon Park Hotel and College … Continue reading

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Tories accused of ‘giving London a kicking’ over TfL funding

With the government exploiting difficulties arising over covid-19 to turn the financial screw on Transport for London, a Labour Assembly Member has accused the Tories of “giving London a kicking”. Elly Baker AM’s report, TfL Funding Settlement – Another short-term … Continue reading

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