East Croydon Station


Croydon’s architecture: the beautiful and the damned

Posted on July 2nd, by Emma Duchat in Culture. 1 Comment

Enjoying the buildings that form a backdrop to our CR0 life

Ah, Croydon. Where else can such a wonderful collection of post-war architecture be found in such a compact area? Right out of East Croydon train station, the 50p (or threepenny bit, as it was known in a previous life) building presides over the area in all its hexagonal glory. Or maybe it’s octagonal. It’s definitely polygonal, … Read More »



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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Summer 2017 in brief

Posted on September 8th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big stories of the summer, summarised by the Citizen team

Animal rights campaigners staged a protest at the opening of Croydon High Street branch of Five Guys

On Monday 31st July, vegans and other animal rights protesters leafleted customers on the opening day of Croydon’s new branch of Five Guys, currently the fastest growing restaurant chain in the US and famed for its bacon milkshakes. Under the slogan ‘you buy, … Read More »



April 2017 in brief

Posted on May 11th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon’s news stories of April 2017, summarised in a handy page

Allegations that tram drivers fell asleep at the controls

National press reports claimed that drivers of Croydon trams have been sleeping at the vehicles’ controls, with the BBC reporting that four drivers had admitted they had done so. A Rail Accident Investigation Branch enquiry is underway into the tram derailment on Thursday 9th November 2016 which killed … Read More »



A Christmas prayer for Croydon

Posted on December 2nd, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

A list of demands for an authority higher than Develop Croydon

Dear Lord,

Thank you for bringing us to the end of another year in Croydon.

As ever, it has been a mixed year – with highs, lows, and everything in between. Whilst we might not fully understand why some things happen to ourselves or our fellow Croydonians, we can trust in … Read More »



Occupy the Gatwick Express

Posted on November 15th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Commuters of Croydon, unite! You have nothing to lose but the tyranny of Govia Thameslink Railway

This is a radical manifesto.

The commuters of Croydon have been ABANDONED for TOO LONG.

We are FORCED onto TRUNCATED TRAINS filled with TOO MANY of our fellow travellers.

Veterans of the Connex years once thought that things could never possibly get any worse.

Now their laughter … Read More »



October 2016 in brief

Posted on November 8th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of last month, summarised by the Citizen team

Food and drink hub Boxpark opens

The shipping container-based development finally opened its doors at the end of October. Featuring more than thirty bars, coffee shops, restaurants and other assorted eateries, the large development next to East Croydon station began with a two-day launch party, the thumping bass of which could be felt on East Croydon’s … Read More »



Seven initial thoughts about Boxpark Croydon and its prospects for our town

Posted on November 8th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 17 comments

Croydon’s salvation or hipster invasion? You have three years to decide…

So, it’s here – it’s finally here!

80 shipping containers, 20,000 sq ft, a hundred tonnes of corrugated iron have come together to make the newest hotspot in Croydon, Boxpark Croydon.The venue is a food and entertainment space housing forty restaurants including central London heavyweights MeatLiquor, Chilango, Mama Lan and Breakfast Club – … Read More »



Summer reading: Christ came from Croydon, by John Redstone and Ulrich Thumult

Posted on August 30th, by Sarah Timms in Culture. No Comments

Dark, dystopian, Croydonian… in the next of our series of Croydon-themed reading material, Sarah Timms looks into a troubling future with some familiar landmarks

The story of Christ Came From Croydon, a novel by John Redstone and Ulrich Thumult, is set twenty or thirty years into the future when the gap between rich and poor has become even wider than it is at present. The super-rich live … Read More »



May 2016 in brief

Posted on June 20th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

May’s news in brief, summarised for your convenience by the Citizen team

Croydon became a haven for bees

The team that brought Saffron Central, the world’s largest urban saffron farm, to Croydon in 2015 is now using the space to create a haven for bees. With the support of Croydon Beekeepers Association and community volunteers, they have planted the site, formerly the location of Croydon’s council … Read More »