Category Archives: Commuting

E-bike battery fire prompts renewed warnings from Brigade

Firefighters have issued a safety warning after an e-bike caused a fire at a house on Beechwood Avenue in Thornton Heath last night. Part of the ground floor of a mid-terraced house was damaged by the fire. Two women and … Continue reading

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Rail operator Govia faces landmark £73m tribunal challenge

Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports on a landmark court case which seeks to show that the rail operator behind Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services has been over-charging passengers A legal claim for compensation of up to £73million was made … Continue reading

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London is ’23 days from disaster’ over transport funding

With one-fifth of buses and 10% of Tubes under threat of cuts, ‘TfL could become a byword for managed decline’ warns Mayor Khan as Tory government plays brinkmanship with the capital’s economy London’s transport system is “23 days away from … Continue reading

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Five years on from tragedy: tram crash memorial service, Nov 9

The official civic memorial service to mark the fifth anniversary of the Croydon tram disaster will be held in New Addington next Tuesday, November 9. More than 60 people were injured in the crash. Dane Chinnery, Donald Collett, Robert Huxley, … Continue reading

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Covid emergency road changes set to be made permanent

Croydon Council, a local authority that pays £10million per year to burn the borough’s rubbish in an environmentally harmful incinerator, is trying to jump on the COP26 bandwagon by announcing that it is making permanent what it describes as “successful … Continue reading

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Chief whip worked with group that attacks council policy

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Evidence has emerged that shows a Labour councillor negotiating with an anti-LTN group over illegally obtained documents. And now he’s been put in charge of party discipline at the scandal-hit council. By STEVEN DOWNES The Town Hall’s … Continue reading

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Croydon driver finds petrol for sale – in Pease Pottage

As petrol shortages across south London go into a third week, one Inside Croydon reader went that extra mile – or 20 – to fill up his tank in Sussex I set off at 6am yesterday morning, Sunday. The queue … Continue reading

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Fraud squad sent in over £25m Southeastern ‘breach of faith’

Govia, the rail operators who run the Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express franchises through East Croydon, have been stripped of their Southeastern operation and face a possible Serious Fraud Office investigation into the withholding of £25million of payments going back … Continue reading

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Oysters to get a weekly cap for rail and Tube from Monday

Millions of Londoners will never need to buy a weekly Travelcard again, after Transport for London announced this morning that it will be introducing weekly capping on Oysters for adult pay as you go Tube and rail passengers from Monday, … Continue reading

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TfL confirms changes to 13 routes across Croydon and Sutton

Transport for London is going ahead with three new bus routes to serve Croydon and Sutton, with significant changes lined up for 13 existing south London routes. With no prospect of the long-requested tram extension to the Royal Marsden Hospital … Continue reading

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Tram crash coroner recommendations welcomed by families

Nearly five years since the fatal tram crash at Sandilands, and the coroner who presided over the inquest this summer has delivered a set of recommendations for safety measures, some of which were made in the immediate aftermath of the … 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

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#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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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

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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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