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"Croydon’s retail heart transplant"

Link to The Croydon Citizen

"The positivity surrounding the approval of Westfield and Hammerson’s plans for the regeneration of the retail core of the town mostly focused upon the development itself. Aside from providing a pleasant place to spend a Saturday, what can both Croydon residents and businesses expect the benefits to be from the £1 billion investment?

"... [A] new walkway will considerably cut the time taken to get between Croydon’s main transport hub and its main retail hub, and also link East and West Croydon stations via a 24-hour walkway through the centre.

"... Indeed, looking towards Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford, the [public] transport improvements have been considerable; [in west London] White City tube station was modernised, Wood Lane underground station was built and Shepherd’s Bush underground station was rebuilt, whilst Stratford has benefited from considerable development of its train station.

"[In Croydon] there will also be £10 million worth of investment in buses, and £15 million in the tram network." [And no Brent Cross area 29,000 extra cars every day, then.]

Link to web site

Croydon Advertiser:
"Government will not intervene on Westfield Hammerson plan"

"THE government will not stand in the way of Westfield/Hammerson's £1 billion town centre regeneration project.

"Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said today (Wednesday) he will not intervene in the plan to redevelop the Whitgift Centre.

"Mr Pickles did have the power to take a closer look at the proposal, potentially delaying a scheme which will create a new shopping centre, hundreds of new homes and up to 5,000 new jobs."

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