Transport for London should drop both of their urban motorway proposals for Waddon and invest the money in public transport and safety improvements for cyclists and pedestrians instead.
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Transport for London (TfL) have recently been announced a proposal to build a multi-lane flyover from Croydon Road to Duppas Hill. This will inevitably require demolishing houses and building over Duppas Hill Recreation Ground. TfL offer an alternative proposal of building a four lane route along Epsom Road through a gap that is currently just a single lane. They are in effect planning to build motorway sized roads through an urban area. (TfL proposals: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/fiveways-croydon/consult_view)
They claim these proposals will reduce traffic problems by increasing road capacity but we all know that building bigger roads just attracts more cars into the area. Opening up one section of road just moves traffic onto the next bottleneck. This proposal will bring even more traffic into central Croydon to add to the congestion and exhaust pollution we already suffer.
If TfL really wanted to reduce traffic problems then they should be making it easier for less people to travel by car. The TfL proposals make vague references to cycle lanes and widening pavements but it is clear that the main motivation is to increase traffic.
The money proposed for building the Waddon motorways could instead go towards extending the tram network or other improvements to public transport. The money could be spent on making Croydon’s roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians. But we are not being offered these sensible proposals. The TfL consultation only offers a choice between the two urban motorways.
Please sign this petition to send the message to TfL that we do not want urban motorways built through the middle of Waddon. We want the money spent on improvements that will improve transport for all of us.
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