This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 11/07/2017.
This is what new plans to completely redesign Fiveways junction in Croydon look like
Plans to completely redesign one of Croydon’s busiest and most accident ridden junctions have been published by Transport for London (TfL) and Croydon Council.
The latest plans to completely redesign Fiveways junction in Waddon have been released alongside new images showing what the completely redesigned junction would look like.
The latest version of the plans involves moving the road bridge over the railway line from Waddon station to the west so that Purley Way can be straightened and widened.
TfL says the new plans would support growth in the area by reducing traffic congestion and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
But the plans would involve the “acquisition” of properties to the west of the existing bridge, land which is currently occupied by kitchen and bathroom store Porcelanosa, as well as the Marshall Skoda dealership.
Denning Avenue would also be moved northwards, so that it forms a second crossroads with Stafford Road – which would mean shorter waiting times at Fiveways, because there would be one less traffic light sequence.
The A23 (Purley Way) would be widened, so that it has three lanes northbound and southbound in places, while Epsom Road would be made two-way.
There would also be more than 300 metres of new segregated cycle lanes along Epsom Road, the A232 and Purley Way, as well as stopping areas for bikes at every junction.
TfL says that this redesign would also require land to be acquired at Fiveways corner, where there is a parade of shops.
It is hoped that work will start in the summer of 2020, with the new layout finished by 2022. Previous reports have warned that the rebuild could lead to traffic chaos while the new route is completed.
Nigel Hardy, TfL’s head of road space management, believes transforming the junction would make it safer and more efficient, as well as improve the “look and feel” of the area.
“This will all help to support growth in the area and its local economy,” he said.
“Our proposals would improve pedestrian, cycle safety and accessibility while reducing congestion. We’ve listened to the feedback from our initial consultation to help ensure we are balancing the needs of everyone and are now seeking views on these more detailed plans.”
TfL adds that the redesign would mean improved bus journey times for routes that use the junction – routes that currently serve more than 9,000 passengers every day.
An initial consultation on various plans was held in 2015, when one plan – which would have involved the demolition of the Waddon Hotel – was rejected in favour of expanding Stafford Road.
Other plans to build a second flyover linking Duppas Hill Lane with the junction were also scrapped.
Now, TfL and the council want the public to give their feedback on the latest proposals.
Fiveways is where two of the borough’s busiest road links both north and south – via the A23 – as well as east and west – via the A232 – meet.
It is thought that the complete redesign of the Fiveways junction will be necessary to cope with an expected surge in traffic should plans to build the Westfield/Hammerson supermall on the site of the Whitgift Centre be completed.
The junction already suffers from heavy congestion at peak hours and is one of the borough’s collision hotspots.
Croydon councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment said: “Frequent users of Purley Way will know how busy Fiveways can be – particularly during rush hour.
Open PDFHow the new Fiveways layout would work.
“I’d encourage everyone, especially those directly affected, to attend the public exhibitions to learn more about the plans, share their views and help shape the way we transform this busy area of our town.”
For TfL’s report on the plans, click here. Public exhibitions on the plans will be held next Tuesday and Thursday (July 18 and 20) at Waddon Leisure Centre from 4pm until 8pm, as well as on dates in July, August and September, for which more information can be found here.
The Advertiser has attempted to contact Porcelanosa and Marshall Skoda about the plans.