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TfL pours £7.6m into upgrading transport around Croydon

TfL pours £7.6m into upgrading transport around Croydon
Sep 21, 2016 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published on The Croydon Advertiser on 14/09/2016

TfL pours £7.6m into upgrading transport around Croydon

Plans to upgrade travel around Croydon are set to get a £7.6 million boost.

Transport for London (TfL) is set to pour millions into Croydon Council’s ongoing transport infrastructure regeneration in 2017/18. The projects set to benefit include expanding the 20mph limit and schemes to install better pedestrian crossings and improve air quality.

The investment is broken down into specific pots of cash for certain projects.

The current regeneration of South Norwood will receive £750,000 towards improving pedestrian access, tree planting, upgrading pavements, and installing new outdoor seating in Station Road and Portland Road.

A further £300,000 will help with the continued roll-out of the borough’s 20mph zone. Last year the council divided Croydon into five sectors and the first 20mph limit area went live in the north of the borough last week. A decision on the second area affected, the north-east of the borough, is due later this year and the new investment will support work on the third section of the project. It has not been announced which area that will affect.

Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “This funding for improved transport infrastructure is crucial to maintaining our borough’s growing reputation as a great place to live, work and invest, not just in Croydon itself but also in our district centres.

“I’m especially pleased that it allows us to upgrade not just local roads but also the infrastructure needed so more people can lead greener and healthier lives by walking and cycling more.”

TfL has also allocated £70,000 for air quality improvement measures, which will be used to employ an extra member of staff and contractors to develop and monitor a borough-wide plan to limit.

A further £3.4 million allocated for “bridge funding” includes £3 million for a bridge replacement project in Blackhorse Lane and £120,000 to replace a wall in Grange Road. These amounts will be matched by Croydon Council.

Other council projects set to benefit from the funding include £465,000 towards road safety measures such as new speed signs; £460,000 for walking and cycling measures, including better pedestrian crossings; £200,000 on a new network of walking and cycling routes through parks and £150,000 for improved bus stop accessibility.

The TfL money comes from its Local Implementation Plan fund and will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Monday.

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