Walkers and cyclists will find it easier to get around the town centre thanks to a series of new crossings that are being introduced.
One will be on Park Lane connecting College Green and Fairfield Halls to Queen’s Gardens; another will be across the Park Lane end of Croydon Flyover. Both will be ‘toucan crossings’ for pedestrians and cyclists. The crossing on Barclay Road will be upgraded from a pelican crossing to a toucan control, improving the link from Park Hill to the Law Courts and Fairfield Halls.
The three new crossings form part of the town centre section of the Connect2 route – a cycle and walking link to parks and green spaces between Wandle Park and Lloyd Park via the town centre and will enable people to cross at street level if they prefer that to using underpasses. Funding for this has come from Croydon Council, Boris and the Greater London Authority, the Big Lottery Fund and Sustrans.
The crossings will be developed one at a time and construction is expected to be complete by mid-November.
Connect2 is part of the Connected Croydon project, a £48 million programme of improvements to the town centre’s street scene, public spaces and transport links. The project is a key part of the Council’s redevelopment plans, improving the links between the borough’s key gateways and the town centre’s new developments designed to bring new jobs and regeneration for the benefit of the whole borough.
Ultimately though these crossings make a huge contribution to Council plans to help more people of all ages to enjoy convenient and safe routes by foot or by cycle to our parks and green spaces by taking them safely through the town centre’s shops, restaurants and bars.