As part of its planning application submission to Croydon Council, Crystal Palace FC has created its first Travel Plan which demonstrates the club’s commitment to encouraging sustainable transport methods for supporters and staff attending Selhurst Park.
A survey of nearly 3,000 people conducted by expert transport consultants Mott MacDonald found that 46% of general admission match attendees travelled by car, and the most popular form of public transport is by train – to one of the three local rail stations close to Selhurst Park: Thornton Heath, Selhurst and Norwood Junction.
The club recognises the need and importance of encouraging all visitors to Selhurst Park to adopt healthy, sustainable travel choices to minimise the impact upon the environment and its neighbours, by increasing levels of attendees walking, cycling and using public transport – and therefore, reducing the number of fans attending matchdays by private car.
The club has presented a Travel Plan to Croydon Council with the following objectives detailed:
- reducing the number of staff and supporters accessing the ground in single occupancy vehicles by encouraging greater use of sustainable modes, thus reducing our environmental impact and impact upon our neighbours;
- offering and promoting an improved choice of travel options to staff and supporters;
- improving the health, fitness and well-being of staff and supporters, by encouraging greater use of active travel modes.
The table below shows travel targets submitted to the council as part of the planning application and Travel Plan:
The club is committed to delivering these targets set in the Travel Plan, and will work collaboratively with Croydon Council, Transport for London, and other partners to minimise the impact upon our neighbours and environment.
If planning application for the works is granted by the council’s Planning Committee on April 19th an action plan would be put in place, promoting a series of sustainable travel measures. The measures being explored, some of which will require further approval and discussion with local residents and Croydon Council, include:
- discounts or incentives for matchday attendees traveling by public transport, especially for those travelling in groups by coach;
- the introduction of a Controlled Parking Zone in the streets surrounding ground, subject to neighbour consultation and agreement;
- shuttle buses from strategic locations such as Croydon town centre;
- designated cycle parking bays and electric vehicle charging points within the new configuration of the car park;
- establishing and promotion of a car-share matching service for spectators and staff;
- sustainable travel information, initiatives and route-planning recommendations being provided to staff and supporters before every matchday;
- nominated matches to be “sustainable travel” matches, and promoted as such;
- possible improvements to local public transport services, working with Croydon Council Highways and operators;
- improving way-finding signage from stations, and refurbishing existing matchday parking signage;
- a Travel Plan Co-ordinator to be appointed, and a Transport Working Group established at the club to implement the strategy, working in conjunction with Transport for London and Croydon Council.
The full Travel Plan can be read on the Croydon Council Planning Portal by clicking here.
Members of the public are encouraged to submit their comments on the planning application to help inform the council’s planning committee’s decision, who are due to meet on 19th April 2018, by clicking here.
For more on the Selhurst Park redevelopment plan, visit stadium.cpfc.co.uk