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 »

Students to help preserve historic train

Posted on November 21st, by CronxWire in CronxWire. 1 Comment

The Merchant Navy Locomotive Society – which maintains the train that pulls the Orient Express – gave five engineering students from Croydon College a very special work experience to work on the Battersea-based ‘Clan Line’ steam train.

Release sender: Five Croydon College engineering students were on track for a new experience – when they visited the Battersea-based steam engine, the Clan Line, for the first time.

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Logistics company launches course in Croydon to stop shortage of qualified drivers

Posted on June 30th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

To tackle a potential shortage of qualified drivers for larger vehicles, Expert Logistics has launched a driver academy in Croydon. Later this year drivers will need an additional certificate in order to drive larger vehicles. The driver academy will run a 12 week course and Expert Logistics is looking for 24 local drivers to take part.

Release begins: The introduction of an additional certificate to drive larger … Read More »

What matters to you in your community?

Posted on June 25th, by Rajdeep in Politics & Society. No Comments

Welcome to the the newly-launched community section. Raj Sandhu wants your opinions and ideas to fill it with

You may have noticed a few changes at the Citizen in recent weeks, that’s if you’re an avid follower. After going into print we’ve continued to bring more people onto the team. Now we’ve been able to expand and assign some section editors. We’ve combined the community section … Read More »

The economics and business of Croydon

Posted on June 20th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. No Comments

The Citizen’s new Economics and Business Editor Tom Lickley wants your thoughts on money in Croydon: from local business to property investment, from economics to #Croydon #TechCity

Croydon’s economy. Back offices for top insurers. Headquarters for confectionary giants, or electrical heavyweights. Or a hub for future technology companies, a rival to Silicon Roundabout.

We know all about the past of Croydon’s economy, and we have … Read More »

East Croydon’s leaky artery: a transport hub on life support

Posted on March 12th, by Stephen Mann in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Commuter Stephen Mann takes a look at the worrying drop in standards at Croydon’s transport gateway

“Southern is sorry to announce that the [insert train time here] to [insert destination here] is delayed by approximately x minutes. We are sorry for the delay this will cause to your journey today.”

I don’t know about you but I am sick and tired of hearing … Read More »

The Big Ticket Issue

Posted on November 15th, by Andy Ellis in Economics & Business. 3 comments

Andy Ellis returns with a novel idea to make East Croydon station work for both commuters and the homeless

There is a problem afflicting East Croydon station (and many other London stations) at rush hour and also during school holidays at 9:30 discount time.

It is, of course and quite simply, queues. Queues both for ticket machines and sales desks.

Now … Read More »

Counterfactual Croydon: Croydon’s Atmospheric Railway

Posted on May 29th, by Tom Black in History. 4 comments

In the second of his attempts to picture the ‘Croydons that could have been’, Tom Black asks what would have happened if a unique part of Croydon’s history had been a success

The delegation from Shanghai Transportation Authority left Croydon City with smiles on their faces. They are just the latest in the long line of groups who have visited Croydon to see … Read More »

13–15 London Road: Cash Converters

Posted on April 11th, by Kake in History. 5 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road takes in another member of the payday loan shop cluster around West Croydon Station.

While H & T Pawnbrokers at number 12 is a fairly new addition to London Road, Cash Converters at numbers 13–15 has a somewhat longer tenure in the area.

Cash Converters, 13–15 London Road, February 2013. Photo author’s own.

13–15 London Road was built in 1863[1], as part of a block with … Read More »

2-8 London Road, part 4: West Croydon Station today

Posted on February 1st, by Kake in History. 2 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road skips past the non-existent number 8 to make its final visit to West Croydon Station.

As explained earlier in this series, numbers 2, 4, 6, and 8 London Road no longer exist — so instead of writing about 8 London Road, here I present the final instalment of my research into West Croydon Station, covering developments in the 2000s and looking at the role … Read More »