Croydon Council are asking residents for feedback on their plans to improve the route between the soon-to-be-opened northern entrance to East Croydon station and the Whitgift Centre.
At the moment, the route across the Gateway site to the Dingwall Road/Lansdowne Road roundabout, down Lansdowne Road and into the Whitgift Centre via an underpass under Wellesley Road isn’t particularly welcoming.
Research suggests that about a third of the passengers who travel from East Croydon station will make use of the new northern entrance. That’s 7 million people a year and many of them will want to use this route into the town centre so there’s an urgency to making it more attractive.
The Council’s plans include high-quality paving, new trees, seating, a new taxi rank and a redesign of the roundabout to make the area more pedestrian friendly. You can see the detail - and let them have your comments by 30 November - on the Council website. The plan is to have the work completed in time for the opening of the new entrance next summer.
They are separately looking at introducing a surface crossing of Wellesley Road in 2014 - that’s not covered by this consultation.
For the first time in decades, the Council has a plan for the town centre that is deliverable. The new entrance to the station, the improvements to the public realm, the development of Saffron Square are evidence that things are starting to happen on the ground.