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Coronavirus Updates in Croydon


Information published by Croydon Council and is regularly updated


Train Services for Riddlesdown from Sunday 17 May

Updated 3/6/20


Continue to consult the National Rail website for times. before setting out.


The train service for Riddlesdown (RDD) continues to be a Saturday service for Monday to Saturday travel, i.e. trains to VIC at 06 and 36 mins past the hour. For weekdays there is an additional Southern service at 06.36 hrs, then the normal timetable for a Saturday service from 07.06 hrs. There is also another additional train (weekdays) at 08.15 to LBG only (Thameslink). Times to RDD from VIC depart at 20 and 50 mins past the hour. There is only one Thameslink train from LBG (direct on weekdays) at 17.39 hrs.

Sundays is the usual timetable.


Buses;

412 Bus Service -Updated 3/6/20


We understand the 412 reverted back to a normal service from 30 May. Please refer to the timetable on this link


A number of London bus routes have now returned to front door boarding with customers required to touch in with Oyster, contactless and concessionary cards. New limits to the number of customers on board at any one time will also be introduced to further ensure the safety of customers and bus drivers. From 30 May, 124 bus routes will have signage instructing customers to board using the front door and use their Oyster, contactless or concessionary cards. This will include the following bus routes in the London Borough of Croydon: 75, 109, 130, 196, 197, 314, 353, 407 and 433. Front door boarding will be reinstated on further bus routes as soon as possible, and TfL anticipate that all London buses will have returned to front-door boarding by mid-June.

Double-decker buses will be able to carry 20 customers. Single-decker buses, depending on the size of the bus, will carry between six and 10 customers. The driver will have discretion to allow more customers on board if they are travelling in households or groups.


The advice from the Government and TfL is to use public transport only if your travel is essential.


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 check before travelling with the train operator and/or Network Rail or TfL.


Freedom Pass 60+ Oyster - updated 2/6/20

The London Councils' have now updated their website and early morning restrictions, mainly apply to the Freedom pass on buses between the hours of 0430 to 0900 (Mon to Fri) will apply.


Taken from the London Councils' website;

"Bus

Temporary suspension of free travel for Older Person’s Freedom Pass and 60+ passengers during morning peak hours to be introduced on Monday 15 June








Transport for London (TfL) has today set out details of the temporary changes affecting users of the Older Person’s Freedom Pass, 60+ Oyster photocard and English National Concessionary Scheme in London as part of the response to the pandemic.


The temporary changes, to take effect from Monday 15 June, are being introduced as part of the recent funding and finance agreement with Government.


They will mean that all passengers with an Older Person’s Freedom Pass, 60+ Oyster photocard or English National Concessionary Scheme pass will not be able to use those passes during morning peak hours in order to help support social distancing on the public transport network and help control the Covid-19 virus.


From Monday 15 June, changes to the ticketing system will mean these cards are automatically set not to be valid during the morning peak period (0430 to 0900) Monday to Friday. They will continue to be valid at all other times on weekdays and all day on weekends and Bank Holidays.


Passengers are being advised, where possible, not to travel immediately after 0900 to help reduce potential crowding on buses and trains where effective capacity has been hugely reduced as a result of the requirement to observe two-metres social distancing wherever possible.


All passengers using these cards are also being asked to avoid peak times now where possible ahead of the systems changes taking place on Monday 15 June. This is consistent with advice from the Government and Mayor that everyone should continue to work from home where possible, walk or cycle if they need to travel and avoid public transport. Anyone who needs to travel should do so outside of peak times if there is no option other than to use public transport.


Passengers with a Disabled Freedom Pass are unaffected and will, as usual, still be able to travel at all times using their Pass if they have to use public transport for their journey.


These temporary arrangements will help reduce the risk of crowding at the busiest times which would mean that social distancing would be more difficult to maintain.


If passengers have no option other than to use public transport during the morning peak period – such as those aged over 60 who are key workers - TfL recommends that they travel using pay as you go with using a contactless card or mobile device, or an Oyster card. If using pay as you go with Oyster, customers can use the free TfL Oyster app to check their balance and top it up on the go to avoid having to visit an Oyster Ticket Stop or ticket machine."


Information from TfL 29/5/20

Return to front door boarding and capacity limits on London buses


“I am writing to let you know that a number of London bus routes will return to front door boarding from tomorrow, with customers required to touch in with Oyster, contactless and concessionary cards. New limits to the number of customers on board at any one time will also be introduced to further ensure the safety of customers and bus drivers.


From Saturday 30 May, 124 bus routes will have signage instructing customers to board using the front door and use their Oyster, contactless or concessionary cards. This will include the following bus routes in the London Borough of Croydon: 75, 109, 130, 196, 197, 314, 353, 407 and 433.


Front door boarding will be reinstated on further bus routes as soon as possible, and we anticipate that all London buses will have returned to front-door boarding by mid-June.


This follows extensive work by the University College of London’s Centre for Transport Studies and Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering to assess the risks for drivers in their cabs, and close work with bus operators and Unite the Union to develop improvements to the protective screens next to bus drivers. The analysis finds that the steps we have taken – adding, a film layer to screens and sealing off gaps around the screen including the Oyster reader - substantially reduce the risk to drivers of contracting coronavirus from customers. This is in addition to the rigorous cleaning regime, where driver’s cabs, handrails and other regularly touched surfaces are treated with hospital-grade anti-viral disinfectant.


Reinstating the traditional passenger flow will improve social distancing for customers when they get on or off our buses and when they queue at stations and stops. It will also give us accurate information about bus usage to help ensure we are providing the service required to enable safe travel for all.


To further ensure the safety of customers and bus drivers, new limits to the number of customers on board at any one time will be introduced. This will help customers to observe the national guidance to maintain a two-metre distance between them and others wherever possible.


Double-decker buses will be able to carry 20 customers. Single-decker buses, depending on the size of the bus, will carry between six and 10 customers. The driver will have discretion to allow more customers on board if they are travelling in households or groups.


Please see a full copy of our press release."


Parking in Croydon Borough - Updated 23/5/20

Parking rules to be reintroduced across Croydon as lockdown eases


“Parking enforcement across Croydon will be gradually reintroduced from next week to help keep the borough’s roads clear and safe, as lockdown eases.


Parking rules and charges were relaxed to help key workers and residents during lockdown, but from the afternoon of Tuesday, 26 May drivers will be able to apply for new permits and pay and display machines will be reactivated.


From Monday 8 June, parking enforcement across the borough will resume and those parking illegally, or failing to display valid permits or parking tickets risk being issued with a fine.


Relaxed restrictions for blue badge holders and key workers registered through their employer will continue until further notice.


The reintroduction of enforcement comes as Croydon’s roads are expected to become busier as more people return to work and some pupils return to school, and will help to ensure routes in Croydon are safe for all road users and those walking and cycling.


To help residents whose finances may have been impacted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the council has introduced a new, one-month permit option. Drivers applying for a renewed 12-month permit will receive up to three free months in addition to the 12 they pay for to cover valid permits they held while restrictions were lifted.


The council is now contacting all drivers with a permit expiring between Monday 23 March and Tuesday 30 June to inform them they can apply to renew their permit.


All new permits will be issued in line with the council’s new emissions-based charges, which rewards motorists with less-polluting vehicles. Introduced for residents’ permits last year, drivers with vehicles producing less CO2 per km travelled will pay less for their permits.


Drivers renewing or buying new permits for diesel vehicles registered before September 2015, will now have to pay a surcharge of between £16 and £50, depending on the duration of the permit. The charge, which formed part of a consultation on the new permit scheme last year targets the most polluting vehicles.


“As lockdown begins to lift, residents return to work, and children to school, more people will be using Croydon’s roads, so we are reintroducing parking enforcement across the borough, to help keep all roads users and pedestrians safe.


“As we continue to introduce our emissions-based charging scheme, drivers with older diesel vehicles will now need to pay a surcharge for their permits, but we can now also offer an element of flexibility to residents that need it through the introduction of new one month permits and by giving up to three extra months on a year-long permit.”

More information on this link


Croydon University Hospital (CUH) and Purley Hospital

Updated 3/6/20

We understand parking charges have now been re-instated at both of these hospital carparks.


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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