Tram Services Update: Advance Notice of Strike Action and Engineering Work

Transport for London (TfL) have informed us that strike action is currently planned from:

Sunday 30 June until Monday 8 July and
Thursday 11 July until Monday 15 July, impacting London Trams services.

Additionally, planned engineering work on Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July will mean no London Trams services will operate east of East Croydon on those days.

If the strike action goes ahead, there will be a reduced and disrupted service expected on the whole of the London Trams network for some of these days and customers will be encouraged to check before they travel.

Customers are also advised to complete journeys by 18:00 on affected days and consider walking and cycling for local journeys where possible.

London Buses and London Overground in the area are scheduled to operate as normal but could be busier than normal. All customers will be advised to visit or the TfL Go app for the latest information.

TfL staff and Travel Ambassadors will be deployed on the busiest parts of the London Trams network to assist customers with their onward journeys. These locations include Addington Village, Beckenham Junction, East Croydon, Elmers End, West Croydon and Wimbledon.

On Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July, there is a planned closure of the London Trams network for essential maintenance. No trams will run from East Croydon to New Addington, Elmers End and Beckenham Junction but rail replacement bus services and enhanced local bus services will be available. This essential maintenance work includes packing ballast under a new section of track near Sandilands tram stop, which will mean smoother journeys for customers and help extend the life of the track.

Customers are advised to plan ahead, to consider alternative routes, to check before they travel, and to allow more time to complete their journey

Croydon Council Parking Charges – Statutory Consultation

Croydon Council are proposing amendments to vehicle emissions based charges for pay-by-phone on-street parking, permit parking, off-street parking and standardisation of the no-return period.

There is currently a Consultation for you to comment on the changes proposed.

The proposals are:

  • to replace the existing parking places that offer the first 30-minutes of parking for free with two-hour maximum stay emissions-based pay-by-phone  parking places with a one-hour free parking period.
  • to replace existing free 30-minute, 40-minute, one-hour and two-hour maximum stay parking places with two-hour maximum stay emissions-based pay-by-phone parking places with a one-hour free parking period.
  • to standardise the no return period at all payment parking places to two hours from the time a vehicle leaves the parking place.
  • to amend emissions-based charges for off-street parking places within the London Borough of Croydon.
  • to withdraw the quarterly (3-month) business permit.

NOTE: All parking places on and off-street are to become pay-by-phone only. Drivers will be required to sign up with the pay-by-phone provider to access emission-discounted charges. Those drivers not using the pay-by-phone facility will be charged at the higher band rates.

For more details on the proposed changes to on and off-street parking charges and changes to parking permits, click here.

To see more detail on the recommendations, click here.

You can also find full details of the proposals and comment on them at Public Consultation (

Copies of the statutory consultation documents are also available to view from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday at the enquiry counter in Access Croydon, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA.

Please ensure all comments are submitted by 11.59pm, 9 May 2024.

Lower Addiscombe Road Cashless Parking Trial

In support of the council’s ambitions for supporting the economic vibrancy of town centres and high streets, Croydon Council are trialling plans to improve parking availability in Lower Addiscombe Road A222.

The council is pleased to offer limited stay free parking within our town centres and high streets, as it is vital to encourage the community to support local businesses. Limited short-stay parking encourages regular turnover, by making spaces close to shops available for short durations suitable for shopping.

The existing ‘pay and display’ machines are reaching the end of their operation as they rely upon 3G connectivity, which is currently being shut down by network providers. The trial will enable the council to understand the impact of moving to phone payment and explore ways of addressing any issues that users experience during the trials.

From Tuesday 2 January 2024, the council will be changing how the free 60-minute parking sessions operate for a trial period of three weeks. This will involve switching off the ‘pay and display’ machines, as they will not be dispensing tickets.

Instead, motorists will need to use the RingGo cashless parking app on their smartphones, call RingGo on 0203 046 0010 to obtain a free session or alternatively visit a local PayPoint location. The council does not apply surcharges to use RingGo, but do check your settings. Please note that there is a no return period of two hours after leaving a location.

Can I have more than one parking session on the same day?
Yes. Drivers will be able to obtain free parking sessions in the same parking location but only after a period of two hours after leaving. You will also be able to park for free in other district centre areas in the borough on the same day.

Where can I obtain the RingGo app?
The RingGo app can be downloaded on your Android or Apple mobile phone on-line by visiting

What if I don’t have a smart phone? Can I book a parking session using an old-style mobile phone or landline?
Parking sessions can be booked with an old-style mobile phone by phoning 020 3046 0010 and confirming your details and the RingGo location code, which are indicated on signs. It is easier to register your details on-line first at to ensure that the parking session goes smoothly. Parking sessions can also be booked on a landline but there would be no guarantee that there is a parking space available when arriving in a street or car park.

Can I book a parking session without using RingGo?
Yes. An alternative is to use PayPoint. PayPoint locations are at some shops as listed below. You can ask at the shop to book a free parking session on RingGo at the shops below by asking an assistant – please ensure you have details of the registration number of your vehicle and the RingGo location code as shown on signs and the ticket machines:

PayPoint locations can be found at the following shops:

  • ‘Addiscombe Express Ltd’,
  • ‘Nisa Local’
  • ‘Harrisons Newsagent’.

The council welcomes any comments on this trial, via online survey, available at

The survey will close at 11:59pm on Monday 22 January 2024.

If you have any questions, or require further information, please contact or by phone on 020 8726 6000.

Yellow Weather Warning Rain – Saturday 4th November 05:00 – 23:59

The Met Office has issued a yellow rain weather warning for Saturday 4th November 05:00 – 23:59

Yellow warnings mean that you should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day to day activities.

Heavy rain or showers falling on saturated ground may cause some disruption, particularly to travel.

Please keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast details either on the Met Office App or Met Office website.

Trams Closure from 21 – 29 October

TfL’s Local Communities and Partnerships Team advise that there will be a partial closure of the trams network that will be happening towards the end of October.

TfL are undertaking essential works to replace a section of drainage on the eastern end of our tram network and no trams will run east from East Croydon from 21 October to 29 October 2023. Normal service will resume on Monday 30 October.

This will affect all services from East Croydon to Beckenham Junction, Elmers End and New Addington.

Customers are encouraged to use replacement buses to continue their journeys.

This work forms part of our ongoing modernisation and maintenance programme to help improve the reliability of the tram service for years to come. We will replace 722 meters of drainage by opening a trench between Sandilands Junction and Bingham Road, removing old pipework and manholes and replacing them with brand new assets.

Some local road and footpath closures will be in place between the East Croydon and Addiscombe tram stops and residents will be advised by letter in advance of these closures. Information on the wider trams closure will be communicated to customers via posters on trams and at tram stops from early October until the end of the closure.

Customers are advised to plan ahead and to use real-time travel tools including Journey Planner and TfL Go.

More information about London Trams can be found on the TfL website.