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Coronavirus Updates in Croydon

Information published by Croydon Council and is regularly updated

Train Services for Riddlesdown from 17 May 2020 and

Monday 6 July 2020

Train Services for Riddlesdown from Monday 6 July 2020

Updated 7/7/20

Information received from GTR that from 6 July 2020, the train service for Riddlesdown (RDD) will continue as a Saturday service for Southern trains; i.e. trains from RDD to London VIC at 06 and 36 mins past the hour. There is an additional Southern service at 06.36 hrs, then the normal timetable for a Saturday service from 07.06 hrs.

However there will be some more additional Thameslink services from RDD to Bedford via :LBG at 07.15, 07.45, and 08.15 hrs (Mon to Fri only).

Southern Trains to RDD from VIC depart at 20 and 50 mins past the hour.

Thameslink Trains to RDD from LBG (origin Bedford) depart at 17.09, 17.39 and 18.10hrs

Sundays will be the usual service.

There are engineering works on Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 July so no trains will run. More information about this late notification for 11 July.

Please check before travelling with the train operator and/or TfL, or consult the National Rail website for train times. The Gatwick Express will still not run a service.

The above times are shown in good faith. If you notice an error please let us know. The RRA cannot accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the above information.

Please travel by public transport only if your journey is essential. The wearing of a face mask is compulsory on all public transport.

Information from TfL 16/6/20

Return to front door boarding and capacity limits on London buses

TfL have advised that this link to the TfL website will show you which the present schedules by route and will also provide you with a list of buses that have reverted to front door loading and now require you to touch in.

Route 412 is now running a Monday to Friday service on weekdays with buses running every 20 minutes during the day. A normal service is running on Saturdays and Sundays.

Please refer to the timetable on this link

Face mask will be compulsory on ALL public transport from Monday 15 June.

Scam Alert - Test and Tracing

New 8/6/20

We are hearing reports that scammers are calling and purporting to be from the UK Track and Trace NHS system, asking for money for the mandatory Covid-19 Test. This is a scam so hang up immediately and do not give credit card/bank card details. Scam e-mails are also circulating.

Calls and texts will come from one verified NHS number: 0300 013 5000. However, there’s still a risk of this number being spoofed.

Read more about this on this Which? link

This is the only official web address for the NHS Test and Trace service;

Freedom Pass and 60+ Oyster - Updated 6/6/20

Information from TfL 5/6/20

Temporary suspension of free peak time travel for 60+ (Freedom Pass) passengers from 15 June. This applies to ALL TfL services – bus, tube, tram, DLR, TfL Rail and London Overground.

"I am writing to you with an update on our plan to help London re-open carefully, safely and sustainably.

As part of the funding deal agreed recently with the Government, we will be making temporary changes to the Older Person’s Freedom Pass, 60+ Oyster photocard and English National Concessionary Scheme in London.

From Monday 15 June 2020, all customers with an Older Person’s Freedom Pass, 60+ Oyster photocard or English National Concessionary Scheme pass can only travel for free after 09:00, Monday to Friday and at any time on weekends and bank holidays. If travel before 09:00 is essential, we will be advising pass holders to travel using pay as you go with a contactless card or mobile device, or an Oyster card.

We are working hard to ensure that those who have no option other than to travel using public transport can do so safely. Given the national requirement to maintain two metre social distancing, the capacity of buses and trains is hugely reduced. These temporary changes to the Older Person’s Freedom Pass and 60+ Oyster card pass during morning peak travel will help reduce the risk of crowding when it would be more difficult to maintain social distancing.

Disabled Freedom Pass holders are unaffected and will still be able to travel at all times using their pass.

We will be fully communicating these changes to customers before they are implemented and will keep you updated throughout this process. We have been working closely with London Councils as they manage the Freedom Pass Scheme in London. Should you have any queries raised by your residents about the changes, they can contact London Council’s helpline on 0300 330 1433 for further information.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I would be happy to help.

Best wishes

Michelle Wildish

Engagement officer TfL”

More information also on the TfL website

Croydon’s Household Reuse and Recycling Centres to Re-Open

Updated 23/5/20

Croydon’s three household reuse and recycling centres (HRRC) reopened to the public on Wednesday 13 May but are extremely busy and is some cases the wait is many hours. A Council permit or ID is require to visit the sites and the Council are restricting what waste can de disposed of. More and full details are on this link

This extract below is taken from the RRA’s May 2020 E-Blast

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“Thank you to all our local shops

The RRA committee would like to say a big thank you to all the local shops that are allowed to open and we believe they are doing a fantastic job in very difficult circumstances. This includes Naseem and her staff at the Pharmacy and Vijay and his family at the grocer/newsagent/post office in Lower Barn Rd, who are even diversifying their range of stock! In Mitchley Ave, KK Food & Wine, King Fish Bar and Mamaris Cafe, are also doing a great job. The latter two with their take away service. We know a number of residents are eagerly awaiting for the go ahead from the Government for the re-opening of the local hairdressers!

They are a lifeline to many especially the elderly and vulnerable in our area and we are all very grateful. Well done and a big thank you from all local residents.”

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