The new timetable will radically change Croydon’s rail services

Posted on April 11th, by Charles King in Politics & Society. 11 comments

The new timetable will affect virtually all stations in Croydon in dramatic ways, if it can be delivered

Last month, the CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTW) Charles Horton stated in the Metro that the new GTR timetable starting on 20th May 2018 will benefit passengers by providing greater capacity, more trains and new destinations, making capacity “capable of carrying the entire population of Bristol every week”.

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Why East Coulsdon Residents’ Association is supporting Brick By Brick developments

Posted on March 2nd, by Charles King in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

We have been listened to

East Coulsdon Residents’ Association will be supporting the four linked Brick By Brick (the council’s housebuilding arm) developments in Coulsdon because, unlike previous developments, we believe that these are in the interest of existing residents and businesses of Coulsdon. The Coulsdon residents’ associations and other interested parties have been in discussion with Brick By Brick for over a year and now believe … Read More »



Friends of Marlpit Lane bowling green reopen site, but help still needed

Posted on June 16th, by Charles King in Culture. No Comments

Charles King celebrates the return of a Coulsdon favourite, but your help is still wanted

Four years ago, the previous Conservative administration at Croydon Council announced (without any consultation) that they intended to close the public bowling green at Marlpit Lane Memorial Park in Coulsdon and would no longer be maintaining it. Over time, they intended to remove the turf and replace it with … Read More »



New plans for the Thameslink franchise will leave commuters in the south of the borough out in the cold

Posted on December 19th, by Charles King in Economics & Business. 3 comments

East Surrey Transport Committee chair Charles King speaks up for his home town of Coulsdon as new service patterns are drawn up at Govia Thameslink HQ

In August this year, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced that the winner of the Thameslink Great Northern Franchise – the largest in Britain – would be Govia Thameslink Railway, the parent company of Southern. They took over First … Read More »