The Growth Zone is a partnership between Central Government, Croydon Council, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London to finance and deliver a major regeneration programme, at a cost of £500m, which will facilitate growth in central Croydon.
Work is already underway to deliver the Growth Zone and the necessary infrastructure needed, ranging from transport and access improvements, to energy needs, community facilities and health provision.
Digital infrastructure and smart technology are at the heart of growth in Croydon. We are working with partners to ensure we are ready for the anticipated increase in service demand that growth will bring, to support our economy and the needs of businesses. Embarking on the creation of a Smart City, Croydon will become more liveable and resilient and better able to respond to new challenges, by making the best use of technology and creating the foundations for a forward thinking, sustainable economy.
Travel & Transport
Over £50 million of new public realm schemes are planned throughout Croydon to create more attractive places where people want to live, work and play. Improvements will lead to safer roads that are attractive to both pedestrians and cyclists, making Croydon one of the most sustainable transport areas to easily move around. Changes include a range of new cycling facilities and routes, more pedestrian friendly streets, charging points for electric vehicles, car clubs and improvements to the tram and bus networks.
There are over 95 primary and 21 secondary schools in Croydon; almost all of which are judged to be good or outstanding schools by OFSTED. Over the last few years many schools have seen permanent expansions – all part of the council’s multi-million pound school-building programme, which is the largest in the country. The next five years will see the construction of five additional schools, providing 6,000 extra places by 2020/21 and a total investment of £304 million.