Coulsdon Road Closure – extended

The road works on Coulsdon Common which has closed Coulsdon Road and access to Caterham is not finished and will be extended by 2 weeks and possibly up to 4 weeks.

This will mean the 466 bus will terminate at Old Coulsdon with at least 2 buses per hour continuing to serve Caterham via the A23, Hooley and Shepherds Hill.

The 404 will continue to terminate and start from Lacy Drive Old Coulsdon.

Transport Update 2024 – Buses

The change to bus stops in central Croydon took place at the beginning of February. The 60, 166 and 466 northbound now stop in St Georges Walk, while the N68 still stops in Park Lane. The 405 now terminates in Park Lane. Southbound the 60, 166, 405, 466 and N68 all leave from Park Street. Superloop SL5 from Croydon to Bromley via Shirley and Eden Park with Single deck buses started in February from St George’s Walk. It is the first time that there has been a bus direct from Croydon to Bethlem Hospital.

The postponed Sutton and Croydon changes: The main splitting of the 407 has been delayed until the existing tender runs out. It is believed that the other changes to 166, 312, 434 and 439 and withdrawal of 455 will go ahead in March 2024.

Bus Usage Stats from TfL – Coulsdon Routes for the year 2022/2023: 60 5,628,532; 466 3,458,891; 405 1,388,941; 463 1,021,321; 166 942,343; 434 218,127 404 185,277; N68 343,751  The busiest route in Croydon is the 109, 608, 923 and the 60 is 4th Busiest route and one of only three that has exceeded its pre-COVID usage. Source:

New Parking Charges (trial extended to additional areas)

Croydon Council is introducing cashless parking in three District centres – Purley, Addiscombe and New Addington – from today (Tuesday 2nd January 2024). This is despite hundreds of objections raised during and after a previous trial in South Croydon.

This reduces the free period from 1 hour to 30 minutes. You will no longer be able to obtain a ticket from a parking meter as these will be turned off. To park you will have to use the Parking app RingGo ( or phone RingGo (020 3046 0010) quoting the RingGo location code, which are indicated on signs and pay by Bank card.

The alternatives are:
You can phone Ringo in advance from home, but there is no guarantee that there will be a free parking bay when you arrive.
You can pay at a shop that operates PayPoint in Purley. The PayPoint location in Purley can be found at the Londis store at the Shell Foxley Garage on the corner of Godstone Road and Foxley Hill Road (which is not exactly convenient for Purley Town centre).

Croydon council welcomes any comments on this trial via an online survey, available at: – for any questions please phone 020 8726 6000.
The survey will close on Monday 22 January 2024. It is noted that the Mayor failed to mention this in his Christmas News Message.

It is expected that these changes and charges will come to Coulsdon and other district centres in the near future.

The letter from Croydon Council advising of the changes can be downloaded from Hartley and District Residents’ Association website

Coulsdon Parking Consultation

Croydon Council is currently reviewing how parking is managed across the borough, with a number of options being considered including removal of all ticket machines and moving to payment by mobile app being one of their preferred options.

Public drop-in sessions where further information can be obtained, as well as provide you with a forum to provide feedback can be attended at our local Coulsdon Library on the following dates:

  • Thursday 12 Oct 4.30-7pm
  • Tuesday 24 Oct 10am-12.30pm

More information on the consultation including how to provide your feedback can be found on the Croydon Council website (

Update: ECRA’s response to Croydon Council’s Parking Strategy can be read here.

Superloop update – X26 renumbered as route SL7

From Saturday 19 August, the X26 will become the SL7 with an increased frequency. Route SL7 will run an enhanced service every 15 minutes all day every day, instead of every 30 minutes on route X26. Around half of the buses will have dedicated luggage space for customers travelling to and from Heathrow airport.

Route SL7 will run an express bus service between West Croydon and Heathrow Central, serving all the same stops as route X26 except the last bus stop at West Croydon will move (about 175 metres) around the corner, into West Croydon bus station.

Some bus stops in Kingston, New Malden, North Cheam, Teddington and Wallintdon Green have been renamed to better reflect their location.

For more information on the upcoming changes you can visit TFL:

What is Superloop?

The main change to buses will be the introduction of the Superloop express buses around London:

As a result, the new route from Croydon to Bromley will become SL5 and the X68 will become the SL6. There wil be no change to existing toute 119 from Croydon to Bromley.

Further information is available on the TFL website.