The Love Norbury Transport Committee recently sent the following briefing note on local transport issues to members of the Council’s Passenger Transport Advisory Committee. It contains details of recommendations to the four Love Norbury Residents Associations: Norbury Green, Norbury Village, Pollards Hill & Scots Estate. If you want to help your Association with any of the suggestions please contact your RA.
Bus Service Improvements
When TfL consults on Croydon’s bus services the Committee will be supporting:
(a) increasing the frequency of the 109 bus given the large number of commuters who use it to get to and from the Railway Station, and the growth in the number of residents due to the increased approval of converted and new housing without car parking, and given the proposed large new housing development on the Norbury Trading Estate site.
(b) introducing a new single decker new bus route from Crystal Palace Parade to Purley Way via the streets down Norbury Hill to Croydon University Hospital, St James Road, Central Croydon, Old Town and Waddon.
(c) extending the G1 route to Thornton Heath Pond, benefitting both local school children and Mayday hospital patients.
Additional Bus Stops
It has also been suggested by several residents that the gap between the bus stop just past Craignish Ave and Ederline Ave is quite far despite the fact that there are many blocks of flats along the stretch, and that an additional stop be added preferably opposite Norbury Library to facilitate its use. Similarly an additional bus stop by the Library has been suggested between Ederline Ave and Tylecroft Rd, particularly given the increase in multi-occupation of housing in the side roads.
London Rd Bus Lane and Crossing Timings
The times/days of the bus lane along Norbury’s stretch of London Rd is confusing. It has been proposed that a survey be carried out recording the times and the locations with photos, so that representations can be made to Tfl. Several residents have requested that action be taken to improve the time phase for pedestrians on the pedestrian crossing lights.
Norbury Railway Station Minor Improvements
Discussions with Stephen Norris, Govia’s Area Station Manager, for small improvements to the Station identified:
- The need for on board announcements about the platform gap
- the re-siting of planters away from the anti-suicide railings
- a collage history poster
- a new community board on Platform 2
- replacement of charity bookcase in Platform 2 café damaged by vandal action
- painting of the closed exit
Progress implementing these improvements has been slow.
Norbury Railway Station site improvements
The Committee has been discussing drafting a request to Network Rail, with copies to the MP and GLA member and Croydon Council, requesting that it make a bid for capital money to improve the Station. Initial ideas for inclusion are: cleaning the bridge; opening up the closed exit; providing lifts; redevelopment of the shops; demolish the closed hairdressers to create a wider entrance up to the Station perhaps with trees and planters, fix the leaking bridge and tackle the growth of plants. It appears that the need to improve lighting under the Bridge is Croydon Council’s responsibility. Drafting awaits some information from Stephen Norris.
New Rail Timetable
The new Southern/Thameslink timetable that came in in May seems to mean:
(a) direct trains to Victoria will be reduced from six an hour to just four; otherwise people will have to change at Balham for Victoria;
(b) the journey time to Victoria will take an extra 2/3 minutes;
(c) there is now a 20 minute gap between the train at ten minutes to the hour and that at ten past;
(d) there will be fewer trains to East Croydon from Norbury;
Norbury Railway Bridge Mural
Love Norbury’s project to have a mural painted on the railway bridge wall opposite the Station side has been ruled out by Network Rail on the grounds that it could distract drivers and create accidents hitting the side of the bridge. The logic of this is baffling given the raised pavements on both sides prevent the bridge walls being struck, and given the many advertising hoards along London Rd, like the one above the railway viaduct above the closed exit.
The organisation of speed reading activities involving residents and the police, are now organised through TfL. Because of past difficulties residents have had in getting police involvement, the Committee has suggested that one of the member Associations test runs the activity. Its Committee is concerned about the possible reaction to volunteers from motorists.
The Metropolitan Police have been unable to provide locations and details of road accidents since 2016.
There are several places where the 20mph signs are obscured. It has been proposed that a survey be carried out. The member Associations have been asked to take photographs of where they think the entrance to roads should be painted with the 20mph sign in order to request the Council to take action.
Discussion is underway to develop proposals for traffic calming measures in some streets where the 20mph speed limit is regularly being ignored.
Road Safety street improvement plans
Norbury Park Residents Association has drawn up street safety improvement plans, especially speed cushions and more traffic islands, pedestrian crossings. The Committee has recommended that the other four Associations should consider similar plans for their areas. Additional ideas for consideration could include the painting of images on the road that look like arrow heads on speed humps, and the installation of new traffic islands. These plans should also consider the growing problem of car parking congestion and conflict to identify streets by carrying out surveys using a standard local authority model, and the problem of the parking of cars close to the join of roads, especially main roads, and the creation of blind corners.
Granville Rd Car Park
Improved signage for this car park has been approved.