Transport for London (TfL), working closely with Croydon Council, has taken a step towards making Fiveways in Croydon simpler and safer for all road users, after publishing a preferred option for a road improvement scheme in the area.
The proposed design, part of the Mayor's £4bn Road Modernisation Plan, would provide a safer and more direct route for road users through the area, and help to reduce delays and congestion. This includes providing quicker and safer access for pedestrians across the A23 Purley Way and improved bus journey times, delivering a better service to passengers.
With 7,300 new homes and 8,000 new jobs planned in the Croydon Opportunity Area, the area has been identified for improvement to help reduce congestion, accommodate future growth, and improve accessibility for all transport users. Fiveways Corner and the junction of the A23 Purley Way and A232 Stafford Road are extremely busy, with motorists and bus users frequently experiencing delays at peak times - especially on weekends when large numbers of shoppers are going to and from the popular major retail parks along the A23 Purley Way.
Last year, TfL held a public consultation where two proposals were set out for addressing congestion and improving the area for residents, pedestrians and cyclists. This consultation, which was held in February/March 2015, demonstrated the local desire to see a change in how the road layout operates with 81 per cent of respondents supporting or partially supporting the principle of a road modernisation scheme at Fiveways.
The selected design to be progressed further ahead of a consultation this autumn would see roads widened and a new junction layout with signal controls to separate cyclists from motorised traffic.
The proposal that will now be developed in more detail for consultation planned for the autumn will include:
Alan Bristow, TfL's Director of Road Space Management, said:
'Our preferred option for the overhaul of Fiveways Croydon, as part of our £4bn Road Modernisation Plan, will reduce congestion and improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists. We want to transform Fiveways into a more efficient junction and improve the look and feel of the area to accommodate growth in population and the local economy. The feedback from our initial consultation has helped to ensure we are balancing the needs of everyone. We are now working with Croydon Council on the design, which we will be consulted on in the autumn.'
Councillor Kathy Bee, Croydon Council's cabinet member for transport and the environment, said:
'Croydon's massive economic growth means more traffic, so tackling congestion at Fiveways and improving it for all road users is key to the borough's future. I'm pleased TfL has agreed with this council's recommendation to widen the junction because we felt the flyover option would have had too great an impact on the local area.'
The work to transform Fiveways Croydon is part of the Mayor's continuing £4bn Road Modernisation Plan, which represents the biggest investment in London's roads in a generation, including hundreds of transformational projects within the existing road network. Using radical ideas and innovative designs, the plan will make London's roads greener, safer and more attractive for the benefit of all Londoners.