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Coronavirus Updates in Croydon

Last updated 1/4/20

Information published by Croydon Council and is regularly updated

Rail and Bus services for Riddlesdown from Monday 30/3/20

Updated 1/4/20

Both GTR and TfL have brought in amended Sunday services for those who have essential travel on public transport from Monday 30 March.


Probably best to consult the National Rail journey planner before setting out. But from the NR journey planner it is basically a Sunday service to and from Riddlesdown (RDD) on Mon to Sat.

Going towards London on Mon - Sat from RDD; There is a train to London Victoria (VIC) at 06:42 followed by one at 06:49 to London Bridge (LBG) but this one goes south via Upper Warlingham and then walk across to Whyteleafe and then head to London changing at Norwood Junction. It might be easier to walk to Purley station for this 1 hour period. There are a number of trains from Purley to both VIC and LBG at this time.

The following trains from RDD to VIC are then at 07.42, 8.12, 08.42 and then 12 and 42 mins past the hour until 23.44 hrs.

There will be no Thameslink trains, which serve RDD to and from London Bridge.

The Sunday service remains as is, i.e. the first train to VIC from RDD is at 08.42hrs.

Going towards East Grinstead (Mon to Sat) from RDD there are trains at 06.17, 06.49, 07.47 and then 17 and 47 past the hour until 23.17hrs.

From VIC the trains to RDD leave at 21 and 51 minutes past the hour until 22.51 hrs. There appear to be no additional evening rush trains.

The Sunday service from RDD starts at 08.17, 09.17, 09.48 and then 17 and 47 mins past the hour.

The GTR representative has advised "We are planning for potentially reduced staff availability, especially train crew and other safety-critical staff and the revised timetable has been planned to be as resilient as possible. I recommend that for essential travel, passengers should be to check journey planners such www.nationalrail.co.uk to plan ahead, and if possible to check before heading to the station.


If you get any feedback from essential users on how the timetable is working out for them do let us know. The timetable team doesn’t have a huge amount of scope to work with, but we’ll try and tweak and tailor services where we can."

There is no Gatwick Express running.

The rail line to and from East Grinstead (from Lingfield) has now re-opened on 30 March following the land slips. More information about all services on the Southern Rail website

412 Bus Service

The 412 bus will run a Saturday service from Monday 30 March until Saturday 4 April.  Saturdays: Daytime; every 20 mins, Evenings; every 30 mins.

However, from Sunday 5 April the 412 will move to a Sunday service for all 7 days until further notice, at two buses per hour in each direction. Please bear with TfL though as changes in staff availability or other operational issues may affect this as well.

From Sunday 5th and Monday 6 April onwards please only refer to the Sunday timetable on this link

It has also been confirmed to us by TfL that the 612 school service is definitely not running until further notice.

A TfL Poster in pdf - Stay at home - Do not travel unless your journey is absolutely essential.. If you are a key worker and your journey is essential, the busiest times are 0545 to 0730 hrs and 1600 to 1730 hrs. If possible you may want to avoid these times.

Please consult the TfL journey planner for buses, tubes, overground and trams. The 412 bus timetable but please only refer to the Saturday and/or Sunday times.

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.

Remember; Stay home; don't travel and stay safe.

Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown Ward SNT - Covid 19 Advice -1/4/20

“Dear Ward Member,

Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives

On 23rd March 2020 the Prime Minister closed all nonessential shops, banning meetings of more than two people and requiring people to stay in their homes, except for trips for food and medicine. He also stated that people could leave their homes for exercise either alone or with members of the same household for one form of exercise a day.

Thankfully huge numbers of people area complying with this request however some are not.

People are not listening, this is real and people are dying.

Driving to a local beauty spot to start your exercise or take your dog for a walk is not essential. Your exercise or dog walking starts when you walk out of your front door.

All outdoor gyms in park areas are closed, please do not use them.

We are seeing far too many cars on the roads.

We are and will be conducting more road blocks in and around Croydon, do not be offended if you are stopped by our Officer’s, if your journey is not essential you should NOT be out.

Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives


David Eaton

PCSO Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown SNT”

Recycling and waste collections - 30/3/20

Recycling and waste collections are taking place but with a reduced workforce. Collections of general waste and food waste are being prioritised.

You may find that your recycling or waste is collected later than usual - if your collection is missed, please leave your bins at your normal point of collection. We will try to return in the coming days to empty your bins, but you may have to wait until your next scheduled collection. You can still report your missed collection via My Account.

Parking Permits - 30/3/20

Taken from Croydon Council's website;

We are suspending issuing all permits. Drivers do not need to display a resident or visitor permit or pay-and-display ticket to use parking bays in Croydon.

Safety restrictions including double yellow lines, disabled bays, parking on footways, blocking dropped kerbs, parking in bus stops and bus lanes, yellow box junctions, no right or left turn restrictions and one way streets will still be enforced.

Parking for health and social care workers

Health and social care workers can park for free in any council-run on street or off street bays. They should contact their employer who will be able to apply for dispensation on their behalf."

More information on this link (scroll down to parking Permits)

Riddlesdown 'Common' car park, off Riddlesdown Rd is now closed.

City of London Statement 25/3/20:

“In line with the most recent instructions from the government on Coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing, travel is limited to only essential journeys. After they close tonight, the Farthing Downs car park and toilets and Riddlesdown car park will remain closed until further notice. The Coulsdon Commons remain open for visitors on foot following government instructions. We also ask you to be considerate of each other, help reduce the spread of the virus and take pressure off the NHS by making sure you stay two meters from each other.”

Update 26/3/20 - As regular users will know, there is very little room to turn around before the gate and this can only done by driving onto driveways of the houses along that section of Riddlesdown Rd. Please also do not park on that section of Riddlesdown Rd.

After we contacted the City of London Corporation, one of the rangers has now put a temporary yellow sign at the end of Riddlesdown Rd by Mitchley Ave advising of the closure.

Please either walk or cycle to the Riddlesdown Open Space, in line with the Govt requirement to only leave home for one form of exercise a day and also adhering to social distancing. Car travel should only be for essential use.

Croydon’s Reuse and Recycling Centres - 24/3/20

Please note all of Croydon's reuse and recycling centres are now shut until further notice, so please don't leave your home and make an abortive journey.

Coronavirus Update from your Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown and Sanderstead Ward Councillors - 30/3/20

"As your local councillors for Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown (and Sanderstead), we are writing to update you on the current position as the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate.

Whilst demands on the Council are changing every day, emergency arrangements are in operation and we will ensure that the Council's priority remains to deliver essential services to vulnerable residents. Council staff are being as flexible as possible and working tirelessly, and we appreciate the service they are providing to our residents.

There are a number of websites offering guidance:

Croydon Council’s COVID-19 information can be found HERE;

The government’s main information website can be found HERE;

The NHS portal is here: HERE;

These sites are updated regularly as the situation changes. We strongly advise AGAINST consulting any other websites, or forwarding allegedly helpful emails to your friends, because there’s a lot of false information out there which may put people in danger.

These are exceptionally difficult times for everyone and it is heart-warming to speak to so many local residents who want to help others. Many people are ensuring that their neighbours are OK and have everything they need.

The main volunteering effort in Croydon is being coordinated via Croydon Voluntary Action.

CVA’s website is HERE;

We also have local groups such as:

St Edmunds Care Group which operates out of St Edmunds Church on Mitchley Avenue; their contact is Richard Wragg who can be contacted at richardwragg@hotmail.co.uk or 020 8660 5240

Sanderstead Neighbourhood Care based at All Saints Church in Sanderstead.

Do let us know of any more groups who are offering help to vulnerable residents and please pass these details on to anyone local who you think may need access to these services but who does not have access to the internet.

It would also be helpful is you could let us know if you are aware of any individuals in particular need, or any Council services that are failing the most vulnerable.

Sadly, we will have to cancel our face-to-face monthly ward surgery for the foreseeable future. However, please do contact us if you have any local problems and we’ll try our best to help. Our contact details are:

Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Ward

simon.hoar@croydon.gov.uk or helen.redfern@croydon.gov.uk

Sanderstead Ward

lynne.hale@croydon.gov.uk or yvette.hopley@croydon.gov.uk or


Do please stay safe during these difficult times. Many neighbours are coming together and looking after one another which is wonderful. Sadly, there are some scammers out there – so be careful.

We will get through this together. Remember we're here to help.

PO&R Ward

Cllr Helen Redfern

Cllr Simon Hoar

Sanderstead Ward

Cllr Lynne Hale

Cllr Yvette Hopley

Cllr Tim Pollard”

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