Transport Secretary of State Chris Grayling today announced that his Department will fund a new innovative scheme to help Croydon Council tackle problems faced by drivers here every day. As a result of regeneration, our local roads need to use new technology to up ot the minute data, and prepare and plan for smother journeys.
In Croydon, today’s £80k award focuses on preparing for increasing construction at Westfield and the town centre, through:
- Use of live technology to survey the current fleet of vehicles using roads near construction sites
- Collecting real time data to analyse HGVs habits and therefore prepare for the far larger scale traffic expected next year
- Assess and protect road assets such as islands and pavements from increased HGV traffic
Cllr Vidhi Mohan, Croydon Conservative Transport spokesperson, says: "I am delighted to hear that the Government is funding Croydon Council develop innovative solutions to deal with the traffic impact of the proposed Westfield scheme. Once again we have a Conservative Government supporting Croydon’s plans to regenerate our town, benefitting all our communities."
Commenting Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “People rely on good roads to get to work and to see friends or family. We have seen an unusually prolonged spell of freezing weather which has caused damage to our local roads.
“We are giving councils even more funding to help repair their roads all road users can enjoy their journeys."
Minister for London Jo Johnson highlighted the importance to the capital: “I’m delighted that we are working together to deploy innovative new technology to capture real time traffic movements, and to enable us to be smarter about planning for congestion hotspots. London council tax payers deserve to have as smooth a journey as possible, and these new schemes will enable us to prepare for that.”