£20m capital expenditure will be spent to help Transport for London implement changes at Fiveways in order to ease traffic flow to the new Whitgift Centre when it opens, if Croydon Council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday 14 December approves continued support for TfL’s plans for the Fiveways Junction.
The aim of the scheme is to increase the capacity of the A23 and A232 roads coming into Croydon with the aim of completing the work in time for the opening of the Westfield Hammerson development. i.e. it is designed to encourage people to drive to the new shopping centre from Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
TfL has decided to proceed with its Proposal 2 option and the Cabinet is being asked to support this with some changes to retain the Waddon Hotel, and ‘ensure that it fully enhances the quality of ‘Place’ as well as improving vehicle ‘Movement’.’
When Labour took control of the Council in May 2014 it inherited the Tory decision to enter into an Infrastructure Agreement with TfL for improvement on the A23 and to make a contribution of £20 million (to be drawn down from the 2013/14 to the 2017/18 capital programme and S106 payments made by Croydon to TfL).
TfL consulted on two proposals.
Proposal 1 – to provide a new road, cycle and pedestrian bridge from Croydon Road to Duppas Hill Road. The new bridge would: cross the railway at Waddon station to connect the A232 Croydon Road and the A232 Duppas Hill Road; remove the need for A232 traffic to use the A23 Purley Way and Fiveways Corner; allow drivers travelling along the A232 to avoid Fiveways Corner and Epsom Road by providing a more direct link in both directions between Croydon Road and Duppas Hill Road.
Proposal 2 – to widen the existing bridge carrying the A23 Purley Way over the railway, and widen Epsom Road to accommodate two-way traffic. This would: increase traffic lanes where the road carries both A23 and A232 traffic; remove eastbound A232 traffic from Fiveways Corner; maintain the same route for A232 drivers travelling westbound, but would provide a shorter route eastbound.
The officers report states that ‘Proposal 2 is able to sit more within the existing place/urban fabric, rather than imposing a new elevated highway structure upon it.’ ‘It ‘is the stronger of the two in terms of ‘place’ whilst still delivering necessary vehicle ‘movement’ benefits.’
Factors against Proposal 1 included the loss of Local Open Land and mature trees and Croydon Council’s intention to designate Duppas Hill Park as Metropolitan Open Land.
The report to Cabinet can be read here:
For the wider context of how this relates to turning the Town Centre into a City can be read at: