Proposals For Improving Bus Services Through Norbury

Charles King of the East Surrey Transport Committee (who was a guest at the Joint Planning Committee public meeting on Monday 28 November) had prepared a paper advocating a bus route that would come down Norbury Hill and work its way down to London Rd.

This was discussed by the Council’s Passenger Transport Liaison Committee in October. TfL’s response is awaited.

Since September the Norbury Ave & Thornton Heath Residents Association has been running a petition to have a bus service from Crystal Palace, round Streatham Common along London Rd and down to West Croydon and beyond which it plans to submit in March.

You can see the wording and sign it at

Charles King’s paper can be downloaded here:


His main points are:

  • The new Mayor of London has announced his intention to  invest more in buses in the Outer London Boroughs.
  • Traffic in Croydon is likely to increase by 4% or more in the coming years.
  • There is a need to make simpler journeys to places such as Croydon University Hospital which from many parts of Croydon can only be reached by long circuitous journey via central Croydon or  Streatham.
  • The majority of Croydon’s bus routes are radial routes linking the outer centres and residential areas with central Croydon.
  • There are a large number of gaps in the bus network with adjacent communities not having direct links and a number of parts of the borough lacking direct services to Croydon University Hospital.
  • In the proposed NHS reorganisation the Hospital becomes a more important destination as more health service become centralised there.

Charles recommends a single decker new bus route from Crystal Palace Parade to Purley Way via Church Road, Norbury, Croydon University Hospital, St James Road, Central Croydon, Old Town and Waddon.

This suggested route is a way of linking a number of nearby locations without direct bus links and providing services to roads more than 400 metres from existing routes where bus services have been requested in the past.



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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