Ultra-Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) extension to all of London

Update 29/8/2023: ULEZ starts today and if your vehicle does not comply you will have to pay the ULEZ £12.50 charge to drive within Greater London each day you drive within the zone. When paying the charge please ensure you are on the TfL site and not one of the unofficial scam sites: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/ulez-payments.

You can check to see if your vehicle is exempt by entering your registration on the TfL website: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/ulez-vrm-checker.

Petrol vehicles after 20207 and diesel vehicles after 2015 normally comply. It is possible that some older vehicles can also be exempt if their engine complies with Euro 6 standard. These can be individually registered, but you will need confirmation from the manufacturer: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/compliance-registration/before-you-start.

All foreign registered vehicles need to be individually registered: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/compliance-registration/Non-UK-vehicles-driving-in-London.

The following Roads in Coulsdon are exempt:

  • Coulsdon Road from the borough boundary to Marlpit Lane
  • Marlpit Lane
  • Brighton Road from the borough boundary to Lion Green Road (but not the A23 Coulsdon Bypass)
  • Lion Green Road
  • Chipstead Valley Road from the borough boundary to Lion Green Road
  • A map is available on the ECRA website
  • This means from the south you can drive to and park in Lion Green car park, but you can’t drive into the town centre

There are ULEZ cameras on the following roads:

  • Sandown Road
  • Woodcote Grove Road (at the Post Office)
  • Brighton Road (at Lion Green Road and the Methodist Church)
  • Coulsdon Bypass
  • Marlpit Avenue
  • Stoneyfield Road
  • Cannons Hill
  • Keston Avenue
  • Waddington Avenue
  • Lacy Drive

It is possible additional cameras may be installed at a later date.

On Tuesday 29th August 2023 the London Mayor intends to extend the Ultra-Low Emission Zone scheme (ULEZ) to all of London, charging non-compliant vehicles £12.50 per day. Although this is proving controversial with many MPs opposing this, it is in line with Government policy which wants to move to road pricing. At present the implementation date is subject to a Judicial Review (JD) brought by 4 London Boroughs and Surrey County Council. This could allow it to go ahead, delay it or ask the Mayor to revise it.

Why is the Mayor doing this? One of the unforeseen results of the change to Diesel vehicles was that there has been an increase in emissions of nitrous oxides (NOx) and particulates at street level. These particulates are one of the major causes of poor air quality in London and are particularly harmful to children as they can get deep into their lungs. One child death in London has already been attributed by the Coroner to road pollution. A study carried out for the Mayor in 2017 showed that pollution in all of London was above World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. Some days even on Farthing Downs pollution was one level above WHO standards and in the Coulsdon town centre it was two levels above.

From 26th October 2020 the existing Low Emission Zone was extended to all of London including Coulsdon, but this only applied to all Lorries and vehicles over 3.5 tonnes which must comply throughout London from the borough boundary at Coulsdon.
From 25th October 2021 the ULEZ was extended from central London to the north and south circular roads. Vehicles with a registered disabled driver or disabled passengers will be exempt until 2025.
From 29th August 2023 all vehicles across all of London will have to comply with ULEZ or pay a £12.50 per day to drive in London. To comply and not be charged you will have to have a vehicle that complies with the following standards:

  • Motorcycles Euro 3.
  • Petrol cars, vans and minibuses Euro 4 – most cars manufactured after 2007.
  • Diesel cars, vans and minibuses Euro 6 – most cars manufactured after 2015.
  • Lorries, buses and coaches Euro 6.

You can check to see if your vehicle is compliant on the TfL web site: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone
There is a scrappage scheme to assist people to purchase compliant vehicles which has paid out £18m so far. https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/scrappage-schemes#on-this-page-0
Failure to pay will result in a £160 to £1,000 fine. Enforcement is by Camera and most of these are already in position on the Coulsdon Bypass and the A23.

However, if you look at the map (click here to view) there are a number of roads in Coulsdon that are exempt. These are to provide what are called escape routes for HGVs so they do not have to U turn, but can drive out of the ULEZ.

These are the roads in Coulsdon: Coulsdon Road from the borough boundary to Marlpit Lane, Marlpit Lane, Brighton Road from the southern roundabout to Lion Green Road, Lion Green Road and Chipstead Valley Road and all roads in between. In Purely it is the Godstone Road from the GLA Boundary to Purley Cross, but no other roads. These exemptions still appear on the consultation map.
This would mean that if your vehicle doesn’t comply, from the south you could drive to Lion Green car park, but not to the town centre or along the bypass.

If you have European Visitors to avoid a fine it is important to register their car with TfL https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/compliance-registration/register-a-foreign-vehicle
London is not the only town introducing Low Emission Zones; Bath, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Oxford, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Tyneside Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, Check the Government web site to see what vehicles are included: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/driving-in-a-clean-air-zone#cities-with-clean-air-zones.

Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Proposals to include Farthing Downs and Happy Valley

Areas of Natural Beauty represent some of England’s most treasured landscapes, whose unique qualities are safeguarded in the national interest. The present area stretches across along the North Downs from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east, also including the Greensand Hills which rise in Haslemere and stretch east to Leith Hill, the highest point in

Natural England is also looking at bringing parts of Chipstead, Caterham Woods, Woldingham Valley, Limpsfield and Godstone Hills into the expanded Surrey Hills, This proposed expansion would include Farthing Downs and Happy Valley in Coulsdon and would bring in areas that are in London. It would not include Coulsdon Common or New Hill.

Please see the attached PDF for further information as well as details of the consultation which closes on June 13, 2023.

Lion Green Road: Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) finding of Saxon Graves in 2022

The Archaeological study on Lion Green by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) has been released to Croydon Council. Excavations of the old car park where carried out in 2015 revealing two late-Roman burials and an undated dog burial; a Saxon burial dated to the late 6th early 7th century by a glass vessel. In addition, two disturbed graves were also found. A further excavation took place at the Lion Green Road car park between 15th March and 9th April 2021, for CField the developer, and again a year later.

The 2021 excavations uncovered a further 12 inhumation burials. This was followed by a series of three watching briefs between 7th and 31st March 2022, when an additional six burials were discovered, one of which led to the hand excavation of exposed features. All graves appear to be Saxon and six had iron knives buried with them. They were aligned south-west to north-east and some were coffined. There were also at least three empty burial cuts that can probably be attributed to investigations undertaken in 1912–13, when a cemetery was found and skeletons were removed. These are now in the Natural History Museum and one skull is in the Horniman Museum. This work comprises the final phases of an archaeological investigation that began in 2015. The full post excavation assessment can be found on the Croydon Council website and contains images and further information courtesy of MOLA.

Coulsdon’s Yuletide Magic

Only a few days to go till Coulsdon’s Yuletide Magic comes to town with music, a raffle, festive food, market stalls and Santa’s Grotto.

Saturday 3rd December, 11am-8pm @ Brighton Road, Coulsdon.

Coulsdon's Yuletide Magic 2022

Reduction of service on the Tattenham Corner line

The East Surrey Transport Committee, ECRA and CWRA are asking you to object to the reduction in service on the Tattenham Corner line – which has reduced since the pandemic to two trains per hour into London during the week

Please read the attached notice for information, and email GTR at to add you voice to object to the current position.

CWRA Transport Report CR5 Sept 2022


Town centre road repairs: 25th July 2022 for 4 weeks

The Council has agreed to repair the road surface in the town centre, commencing on the 25th July and lasting around 4 weeks.

This will mean that at different times Chipstead Valley Road and parts of Brighton Road will be closed to traffic, sometimes totally and sometimes limited to one direction.

ECRA have asked that southbound buses should have access to the town centre at all times. Northbound buses may be diverted via the Bypass using the 404 bus stop at the northern end of the bus lane.

This will affect buses in Coulsdon:

Southbound: all southbound buses should be able to serve the following stops in the town centre Coulsdon Town station and the Library this includes routes 166 and 434 which will be diverted via Brighton Road and Lion Green Road.

Northbound: All stops will be closed. The following will apply Routes 60, 405 and N68 will be diverted via the Bypass after Coulsdon South station and will serve the 404 stop at the end of the bypass.

Route 166 and 434 will be diverted after Portnalls Road stop along Lion Green Road, then along the bypass. They will serve the Lion Green stop and the 404 stop at the northern end of the bypass.

Route 463 will be diverted via the Bypass after Coulsdon South station and will serve the 404 stop on the bypass then turn into the town centre and serve the stop in the Avenue.

Route 404 remains on its existing routing.

COVID / East Coulsdon update May 2022

Covid Update : People over the age 75 and those with immune deficiencies are now able to have a 4th Covid Booster Vaccination. To check if you are eligible and to book an appointment you need to go to the NHS web site www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination or you can phone 119.

It is pleasing to see that the Vaccination Centre at St Aidan’s in Chipstead Valley Road run by Valley Pharmacy  020 8939 7926 is open on a number of days per week.

We would like to thank Valley Pharmacy for setting up this local facility and excellent work they have done on our behalf. In the 18months to April 2022 they have administered over 70,000 vaccine injections.

Coulsdon RAs’ submission to Croydon local plan

Please find below the joint submission of Coulsdon RA’s to the Croydon Local Plan, submitted in February 2022.

The submission was jointly agreed by: East Coulsdon RA (ECRA), Old Coulsdon RA (OCRA), Hartley and District RA (HADRA) and Coulsdon West RA (CWRA). 

If you want to find out more about planning in Croydon and about the local plan, visit the Council’s Croydon Local Plan Review page Croydon Local Plan review page.