Transport for London (TfL) are conducting a consultation on two possible proposals to increase capacity and improve safety on the A23 and A232 at and around the Fiveways junction.
Option 1 is a road, cycle and pedestrian bridge connecting the A232 between Croydon Road and Duppas Hill Road. Option 2 involves widening the A23 where it crosses the railway by Waddon station and making Epsom Road wider to accommodate two-way traffic.
Both proposals would change the road layout and the look of some streets in the area. Both would also improve facilities for other road users by providing new cycle lanes, more accessible pedestrian crossings and improving bus services. But the key objective is reduce congestion as our population and economy grows, particularly with the proposed Westfield and Hammerson redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre in mind which is going to lead to a significant increase in the number of people visiting Croydon town centre.
The designs are being displayed publicly at the Waddon Leisure Centre with members of the project team present to answer your questions on Saturday 7th February from 9am-1pm or Wednesday 11th February from 4-8pm. The plans will also be on display in the Croydon Clocktower on Thursday 12th February from 10am-2pm. Alternatively you can visit tfl.gov.uk/fiveways-croydon for more details and to have your say on the proposals. The consultation closes on Sunday 15th March 2015. TfL say that they will publish the results of the consultation and outline their preferred proposal in the autumn and consult on the detailed design in 2016. They plan to start construction in winter 2018/19.
I am delighted that TfL have come forward with these proposals. Improving traffic flow on the A23 and A232 is vital to Croydon’s long-term economic prospects and I encourage you to let them have your views on the merits of the two proposals.