Reed urges Transport chief to back station re-zoning

 In Croydon, News

Croydon North MP Steve Reed has taken the campaign to rezone East and West Croydon stations to the top of Transport for London.  Steve pressed London Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy to back the proposed change during a meeting in Parliament.  

The Labour MP explained how re-zoning the stations in zone 4 rather than zone 5 would support the Council’s massive £9.5bn bid to regenerate the borough and attract new businesses and investors into the area.  Sir Peter Hendy said he looked forward to receiving detailed proposals which would also need to be supported by the train operating companies serving the two stations. 

Once backed by Transport for London the re-zoning would need authorisation by the Government.  The Tory Transport Minister refused to back the campaign during a debate in Parliament, but there was a more positive response from Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher MP following his visit this week to listen to commuters at East Croydon Station. 

Speaking after meeting the Transport Commissioner, Steve Reed MP said: “The Zone4Croydon campaign is really gathering pace.  Sir Peter was keen to hear why the change is needed and agreed to look at a detailed proposal.  We need to keep up the pressure and build support to re-zone these stations to properly reflect their distance from Central London and save commuters up to £336 a year.” 

You can sign the petition to re-zone the stations here.