Croydon Council has launched a consultation asking for feedback on their plans to invest £4.3 million to improve Wellesley Road.
The Council’s main priority is to make the road more pedestrian friendly – at the moment, it’s an urban motorway cutting the town centre in two and with the exceptions of its junction with George St only crossable via unwelcoming subways. With that in mind the Council is planning:
• A new pedestrian crossing at Lansdowne Road directly connecting the new exit from East Croydon station to the Whitgift Centre. The existing subway would be closed and filled in.
• A new pedestrian crossing between Bedford Park and Poplar Walk. Again the existing subway would be closed and filled in.
• New paving, widened and de-cluttered footways, new lighting and signage, seating and tree and shrub planting.
The new crossings already built on Park Lane and across the Croydon Flyover have made a huge difference to pedestrians and cyclists, so it’s good to hear the Council wants to expand this work. You can find the details here.
This project is part of Connected Croydon, a £53m programme of co-ordinated public realm works and transport improvements designed to transform the appearance of the town centre and the ease with which you can walk around it. Our current town centre was largely developed in the 1960s with the car in mind. Of course it’s important that people can get around by car, but it makes for an unfriendly built environment that has a major impact on the town’s image. If we want more people to shop here and businesses to locate here it’s one of the things we need to change. It’s good to hear the Council feels the same way.
Please do take a look at the plans and be sure to feedback by visiting www.connectedcroydon.tumblr.com.
Enquires and comments can also be sent to email@example.com or by calling him on 0208 726 6000 (ext: 62575).