There has been a lot of concern about road safety in the area with a number of hotspots identified as needing prioritised council action.

Thornton Heath Heath Community Action Team is focussing on three roads each representing different challenges – though the common theme is speeding.

Ian Marvin of THCAT met with Stuart King, Croydon Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, last month to discuss what action could be taken and to make some suggestions.


Cllr King now plans to attend the next THCAT meeting along with a senior traffic engineer from the council.

The three roads: Grange Road, Melfort Road and Woodville Road are now within the 20mph zone although that doesn’t slow everybody down.

Grange Road is a particular problem; as it is a long road and is heavily used as a cut through. Recently a car turned over and caught fire (pictured) just below the park buf fortunately the occupants escaped uninjured.

A camera has been installed with number plate recognition and data recording, which the police are using for enforcement purposes.

Woodville Road has a sudden change of width at its bottom end and there are further problems with accidents being caused at junctions when vans parked on corners restrict visibility.

Near the High Street illegal and double parking is a hazard for pedestrians and drivers alike, enforcement seems poor and there are anecdotal reports that enforcement officers are scared to issue tickets to offenders.

Melfort Road is busy and narrow. It’s also a bus route. It’s hazardous to cross and accidents have caused damage to residents’ parked cars.