Transport


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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20mph: wisdom or waste of money?

Posted on February 1st, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 7 comments

The dispute rumbles on, but are speed limits on residential roads the right focus for safety efforts?

Sometimes you just can’t win. My previous article on the proposal for a 20mph limit, questioning its efficacy in the first area identified in North Croydon, resulted in more comments than anything that I have written in the Citizen. They were mostly negative.

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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 »



How will we all fit on the trains?

Posted on September 23rd, by Bernadette Fallon in Economics & Business. 13 comments

Bernadette Fallon, on a commuter service full to bursting, has had a troubling thought

I write this, my hand holding the pen in a tight fist just under my neighbour’s armpit, the corner of the page sticking into his shoulder as I balance precariously on three handbags under my feet – no, just joking. The train was too packed to open my bag to get the paper … Read More »



Who’s really responsible for the ‘saga of Southern’?

Posted on September 15th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The train blame game is putting Southern to shame, but is it as plain as they claim?

Train delays on services from Croydon? The consensus is it’s all Southern’s fault, or rather Govia Thameslink Railways’ (GTR’s) fault as the parent company.

That the Labour Party jumps on that bandwagon is unsurprising. Their far-left leader Jeremy Corbyn sees nationalisation as the solution to pretty much everything.

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Patience required – the saga of Southern

Posted on March 10th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Ex-railwayman Robert Ward went down memory lane (or should that be line?) at a public meeting on the controversial performance of Southern

If you wanted to hear a man say “sorry” a lot, then the meeting on Croydon’s rail service organised by Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell was the place to be. The man in question was Peter Wilkinson, managing director of the government’s Office … Read More »



I would make Croydon better by… June 2015

Posted on June 1st, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 2 comments

How could Croydon be improved? We want your suggestions today! Email us at editors@thecroydoncitizen.com

 

Last year we launched a campaign to get your suggestions to make Croydon a better place. Why? From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing concrete, achievable solutions to the town’s problems. We want to involve readers on a larger scale than ever and give everyone the chance to think … Read More »



Strangers on a train: Why don’t we talk to our fellow Croydon commuters?

Posted on May 4th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 8 comments

#Croydon #TechCity co-founder Jonny Rose extols the virtues of overcoming British reserve and connecting with fellow commuters

Every weekday morning, I take a train from Croydon to London Victoria care of Southern Rail. In the evening I do the same journey back again.

The journey lasts just over thirty minutes and in that space of time I will browse Twitter, send emails, … Read More »



February’s submissions to “I would make Croydon better by…”

Posted on February 13th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

How could Croydon be improved? We want your suggestions today! Email us at editors@thecroydoncitizen.com

Last year, we launched a campaign to get your suggestions to make Croydon a better place. Why? From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing concrete, achievable solutions to the town’s problems. Now we want to do more and involve readers on a larger scale than … Read More »



Five new year resolutions for Croydon

Posted on January 5th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Robert Ward sets out five resolutions for Croydon to stick to in 2015 to shake off that ‘gritty South London neighbourhood’ image

The world is full of people who have never set foot in Croydon. A blurred few seconds as the Gatwick Express swishes through East Croydon station is as near as most of humankind gets to up-close-and-personal with the Cronx. These folk judge us … Read More »