Croydon Road, Caterham

We are proposing to make improvements to Croydon Road, Caterham to make it greener and a nicer place to shop and visit.  The work is part of a bigger project to deliver the aspirations of the Caterham Masterplan and support the Council’s purchase of Quadrant House, which provides a variety of commercial space.  It will help us to regenerate Caterham town centre, encourage private investment, and transform Caterham into a more vibrant commercial and community hub.   

What improvements are planned?

  • Creating space for parklets and outdoor licensable space for businesses – to encourage people to spend more time in the town centre
  • Introducing more greenery in the town centre, renewing materials and reducing street clutter to improve the quality of the environment and provide a more pleasant experience for shoppers, visitors and workers
  • Improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists by reducing traffic speeds to 20 mph, increasing the width of some parking bays and differentiating the carriageway from the parking areas through use of contrasting materials
  • Plant trees and introduce rain gardens with shrubs and herbaceous plants to absorb water running off the road and help alleviate localised flooding.  This greenery will complement the new living wall being installed at Quadrant House
  • Encouraging active travel and redressing the current imbalance that favours car users over pedestrians and cyclists. 

Local residents, businesses and councillors gave general agreement to our early plans in 2020.  Since then we have developed the concept design and undergone a stage one road safety audit and technical appraisals with the local highways authority (Surrey County Council).  We have also secured funding via a variety of sources including:

  • Tandridge District Council (Community Infrastructure Levy funding)
  • Coast to Capital
  • Caterham Business Improvement District
  • Caterham Valley Parish Council

We were unsuccessful with an application to the Levelling Up Fund for a larger, more ambitious scheme.  However, we have received positive feedback from that application and are considering how best to prepare future funding applications that would benefit the district. 

In addition, the following drawings outline the proposals:

How you can give feedback

To give your feedback on the planned improvements, please e-mail croydonroadImprovements@tandridge.gov.uk.

What happens next?

The stage one design for the Croydon Road improvements will now be developed to detailed design and stage two road safety audit.  A team of consultants and key stakeholders will help the Council with this important work.  Local residents and businesses will have a further opportunity to comment on the proposals before the detailed design is finalised ready for tender and construction. 

We estimate that the detailed design phase will take at least 6 months.  Construction is estimated to commence in early 2023.