West Croydon Station to Addington Village Tram Interchange
Thursday November 13th 2013
All three T services are branded as frequent and indeed having missed one in a fruitless quest we easily boarded another. In my view if you look at a map West Croydon is really to the north and so to get to an area largely to the South East of where we started involved doing to what amounts to Croydon’s ring road, in other words the dual carriageway that sweeps through the tall buildings and past the Whitgift Centre. Not really the loveliest stretch of road but looking mellow in the late autumn sunshine. Close to East Croydon station there were signs of buildings having disappeared since our last trip here. There were no architects or building firm signs but it may prove to be part of the Croydon Gateway scheme which is attempting the area’s regeneration. The station itself is certainly very busy and makes little old West Croydon look like a sleepy village halt in comparison.
Forestdale – a large private development built on the edges of Selsdon Wood. As Jo put it, we now started ‘tweedling’ amongst the side streets all named for British birds – Kittiwake, Peacock Mallard etc. between the family friendly homes and leafy streets. Part of Selsdon Wood was preserved and is now administered by Croydon Council.
Soon we were to emerge at the roundabout close to Addington Village and take that circuitous route into the Addington Village Interchange and the long promised tram line, Number 3. The trip had been billed as 29 minutes though it felt quicker. There are lots of bus stops at the Interchange and I’m sorry to say we stood there flapping our paper bus map until an amused controller took pity on us and pointed us in the right direction for our next route. This was the seamless interchange. The next one would prove more tricky.