Norbury’s Transport Issues

Demand to end overcrowding on the 109 Bus

Norbury Avenue & Thornton Heath Residents Association has started a petition to end the overcrowding on the 109 bus.

‘We want Transport for London to look at our proposal for a new bus route running through Norbury High street and Thornton Heath to support the 109 and spread the number of people across two bus routes rather then just one, bring an end to overcrowding on the 109 and other bus routes within the local area

This is important as each year the 109 and other local buses are becoming more and more overcrowded and with out investment into a new bus route this problem will get worse, most times during rush hour people are waiting over 25 minutes to get onto a buses.’

You can sign at:

Passenger Congestion at Norbury Station

Paul C has posted the following on Nobruy Streetlife:

Anyone who uses Norbury weekday evenings will know all about this. But, on Monday (12th) the congestion was exceptional, and a growing sign of the times. It is a Zone 3, after-all.

I usually wait a couple of minutes in the white elephant (unused/waste of money) waiting room on the platform, as the 100s stagger out of the platform and down to the barriers.  But, on this occasion, there were still people 15 deep as I made my way down, and by which time, another train had arrived from Victoria, and a further 70 deep was added to the throng. It was absurd.

The point is, which bird brain was responsible for the alterations a couple of years ago to Norbury Station, without doing a proper projection of future passenger numbers?
Now we are left with an entrance that is closed off and badly needed, and money wasted on a useless (East Croydon direction) waiting room, that only drunks use to sleep off their Tyskie and Tennants. Croydon Council/ Southern Trains/Network Rail…we demand something be done about passenger congestion.

Norbury’s 20mph Speed Limit

Samy Counder, a member of Scots Estate Residents Association Committee has posted the following comment on Norbury Streetlife:

The 20 mph speed limit has come into force in many of the side streets in Norbury…not that many appear to respect it. The 20 MPH signs are not discernible though they are displayed on some lamp-post. I wonder how Croydon Council will enforce this new speed limit?

This has led to over 20 comments in a discussion thread.

One of Croydon Citizen‘s  editors Liz Sheppard-Jones who lives in the 20mph zone nearer the Town Centre discusses the zone at

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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