As a part of our 2014 manifesto pledge your Labour council is happy to announce £7.6m of investment in safer, less polluted streets thanks to an investment plan agreed with London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Transport for London.
The money from TfL will go towards several of Croydon’s major transport infrastructure schemes across the borough in 2017/18, and will bring benefits that include improved road safety and better cycle provision.
One of the projects that will benefit is the council’s ongoing regeneration of South Norwood, which will receive £750,000 towards improved pedestrian access, tree planting, better pavements, and new outdoor seating for shoppers and businesses in Station Road and Portland Road.
Your Labour council will also invest £300,000 into its plans for a third wave of 20mph speed limits in residential streets in Norbury, West Thornton and Broad Green (this will exclude major through roads). Croydon Labour delivered on our manifesto promise to residents earlier this month when the first 20mph limit area went live in parts of Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood and South Norwood.
£70,000 has been prioritised for measures to improve air quality and will go towards the council employing an extra member of staff to develop and monitor a borough-wide plan to limit pollution from lorries, in particular during the construction of the Westfield / Hammerson shopping centre.
Other Labour council projects that will bring benefits to local residents include:
• £465,000 towards road safety measures, from new speed signs to children’s education campaigns
• £460,000 for walking and cycling measures, including better pedestrian crossings and bike training for children
• £200,000 on a new network of walking and cycling routes through parks
• £150,000 for improved bus stop accessibility, including ramps and tactile paving
West Thornton councillor and Cabinet member for transport and the environment Councillor Stuart King, said: “This funding for improved transport infrastructure is crucial to your Labour council’s plans to ensure our borough is a great place to live, work and invest. It also demonstrates our commitment to our district centres, as well as the town centre. Despite the considerable pressures on our budget as a result of Tory Government cuts, Labour is ambitious for Croydon and delivering improvements to our local environment.”