December 6 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Wider footpaths, more signage, seating and greenery, and new pedestrian crossings are being proposed as part of a multi-million scheme to make Croydon’s busiest road more pedestrian-friendly.
Members of the public are being asked for their views on plans to improve the Wellesley Road area, which include a new pedestrian crossing at Lansdowne Road across to the Whitgift Centre entrance and a new pedestrian crossing between Bedford Park and Poplar Walk. Both involve the closure and filling in of existing subways.
A six-week consultation on the £4.3million Wellesley Road scheme starts today.
The plans are part of the £53m Connected Croydon project, a programme of work to make Croydon’s town centre a more walkable and liveable.
As part of the Connected Croydon scheme crossings outside the Fairfield Halls and across the Croydon Flyover approach were completed earlier this year.
Cllr Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and transport, said: “I’m pleased to see how the first phase of investment in the Wellesley Road corridor is already starting to make this one of the Mayor of London’s Great Spaces. The new crossings on Park Lane and the flyover make a huge difference to both pedestrians and cyclists.
“These latest proposals will make further significant improvements. They’ll civilise the street whilst keeping traffic flowing and the new crossings will stitch together the town centre and properly link the shops to East Croydon Station.
“The council’s regeneration of central Croydon is attracting new businesses, and improvements to Wellesley road are the next part of that process.”