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£17m funding to transform Old Town

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A major project transforming Old Town and Roman Way with more than £17m of funding has been given the green light and is due to begin later this year.

The Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme will reduce speeds on the flyover, transform subways at Old Town roundabout and create new segregated cycleways, revitalising the roads into a healthier boulevard while improving connections between communities.

Transport for London (TfL) today announced Croydon Council £9.6m bid to its Liveable Neighbourhood fund was successful. The council will boost this with a £7.75m contribution from its Growth Zone fund, bringing the total investment to £17m.

Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport said: “This project will transform the area and create a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists by making substantial improvements to the road and cycle network and the environment.

“The new routes will make it safer and more convenient to cycle along Roman Way and reconnect the community separated by the road and the Old Town Roundabout.”

Scoping and design work will begin this year with the project expected to finish by 2023.

Indicative designs submitted with the funding bid set out a reduction from six to four lanes, to create safe cycling space along Roman Way, and soft landscaping along the route, as well as improvements to the Old Town Roundabout.

Councillor Tony Newman, Leader of the Council said: “This major investment in rejuvenating Croydon’s Old Town is a key element in the ongoing transformation of our town centre.

“It’s a hugely significant project that will not only enhance this historic area, but will also support the overall regeneration of our borough, delivering benefits for the entire community.”

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “For too long streets around London have been designed solely around cars and motor traffic. Our £50M investment will transform neighbourhoods and local town centres in inner and outer London, making them cleaner, greener and more pleasant places to spend time.

“Working with these boroughs to make our streets more welcoming for walking and cycling is vital for our health and wellbeing, but also essential for the future vibrancy and success of London’s local high streets.”

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