Transport for London

A new voice for Croydon’s trams?

Posted on August 13th, by Tim Longhurst in Politics & Society. No Comments

It’s time for Croydon’s trams to get an audio refresh

Croydon’s light rail system will celebrate its twentieth birthday in 2020, and with 2019 just round the corner that’s not long to wait. Croydon Tramlink, as it was originally known, launched in 2000, and in all its years of operation the voices informing passengers of their destinations have remained unchanged.

Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with … Read More »

A plan to regenerate Woodside ticket office

Posted on April 27th, by James Taylor in Culture. 4 comments

How an abandoned station building can be made into a community hub

For far too many years the former Woodside station building has sat empty and unused. It was shut in 1997 when the Addiscombe branch of Network South East was closed down to make way for the new Tramlink system. Transport for London purchased the building in 2007 and restored elements of the building, saving it … Read More »

An energy garden for West Croydon station

Posted on January 28th, by Vanessa Nicholson in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The case for an energy garden at West Croydon Overground, and how to get involved

Energy Garden is a partnership project delivered by Repowering London, Groundwork and Transport for London. Each energy garden is different, and is designed with input from the community to reflect the local area. The gardens incorporate on-site renewable energy to power lighting, water pumps, community noticeboards and other small-scale station amenities. A … 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 »

When will the saga of Southern end?

Posted on November 22nd, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. 8 comments

With an eye to the costs of disruption, the Citizen Editor-in-Chief tries to answer the question on every commuter’s mind

In a time when political divisions about the European Union are tearing the country apart, we can all at least find some common ground in that most British of things: complaining about the trains. It’s usually a safe topic; against a backdrop of economic and … Read More »

“I want Croydon to bid to be London Borough of Culture”: Sadiq Khan’s long walk

Posted on September 8th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

London’s mayor walked, talked, and waved his way through the town centre last week, with Tom Black never more than a few steps behind

Sadiq Khan doesn’t wear a tie. This has divided opinion – while some insist that his bare collar looks unprofessional or even disrespectful, I happen to think that he’s a bold poster-child for the growing ‘crisp white shirt, dark suit’ movement. John F. … Read More »

“I want to make Croydon an area to be proud of”: interview with Peter Staveley, UKIP’s candidate for the London Assembly

Posted on March 24th, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Andrew Hamilton-Thomas talks to UKIP’s local candidate for May’s London Assembly election

Tell me a bit about yourself; what makes you passionate, and why you want to represent UKIP as the Croydon and Sutton representative on the London Assembly?

I got into politics initially because I discovered that the UK was paying a large amount of money every year (currently around £20 billion gross, … Read More »

Oyster zone to extend to Gatwick Airport

Posted on November 16th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. 2 comments

Transport for London has announced a long-expected extension of the London Oystercard zone to Gatwick Airport in January 2016, allowing travellers to make the trip with credit on their cards rather than requiring a separate ticket.

Release begins: Contactless payments and Oyster will make travel to and from Gatwick Airport seamless, benefitting thousands of rail customers.

Pay as you go with Oyster and Contactless payment will be accepted … Read More »

The Freedom Pass, London, and me

Posted on November 13th, by Stephen Aselford in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Stephen Aselford on a much-loved tool for senior and disabled Croydonians

I have held the disabled persons’ version of the Freedom Pass since 1975. Back then, at weekends I travelled around London visiting friends, and learning how London has developed. I have come to appreciate how the pass can provide a good form of social inclusion – people are enabled to support museums, get involved … Read More »

Is the Dingwall Road loop a loopy idea?

Posted on November 5th, by Vanessa Nicholson in Economics & Business. 24 comments

Vanessa Nicholson takes a closer look at the plans for Croydon town centre’s new tram lay-out

Transport for London plans to put in additional tram track in central Croydon. The proposal is to install new track along Dingwall Road and Lansdowne Road. Some trams running from East Croydon westwards towards the town centre would instead turn right into Dingwall Road and then left into Lansdowne Road. They … Read More »