This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 28/06/2018.
This is why traffic on Croydon’s roads will be worse than ever in 2019
A Croydon Council officer has warned there will be a lot of congestion on the roads in 2019 and 2020.
Roads in Croydon are expected to be jam-packed from the end of 2019 and through 2020.
Alexander Pocklington, the borough’s principal impact assessment engineer, has said with big developments planned, town centre roads will get busier.
At a Croydon Council cycle forum meeting on Tuesday night (June 26), he said a number of measures would be put in place to keep traffic flowing.
There are plans for limits on times when construction traffic can be on the road, excluding peak times between 7am-9.30am and 4.30pm-7pm.
There has also been talk of a loading area for construction vehicles being set up in Beddington Lane, Sutton.
“There is a long-term plan we are working on at the moment,” said Mr Pocklington.
“There is the potential to have vehicles loading there and having a smaller fleet of electric cars running materials into the town centre.”
An influx of traffic is expected to be seen when work on big developments begins, including the new Westfield shopping centre which is due to get underway in September 2019.
Mr Pocklington said: “I expect the worst traffic levels we are going to see is late 2019 and through 2020 with the demolition traffic.”
He added that one idea to stop vehicles from entering sites outside the specified times would be to install cameras which will inform the council of any breaches. This would be paid for by the developers.
“We can give stop notices until they get their house in order,” added Mr Pocklington.
“With the number of deliveries here, we know full well if we let one developer get away with it so will the others.
“It may be the case of shoot one to show the rest.”
One member at the meeting asked what would happen with prefabricated buildings, where huge concrete blocks are built elsewhere before being brought on site.
Croydon is set to have two – a Pocket Homes development of 153 homes and a 44-storey block of more than 540 flats opposite East Croydon station, expected to be the biggest prefabricated tower in the world.
Mr Pocklington answered: “While they are constructing, they expect eight deliveries per day but the alternative would be dozens and dozens of vehicles throughout the day if they were doing a constructional build.”