Heavy traffic in Croydon as Christmas shoppers hit the town
CROYDON'S busiest roads are in gridlock and part of the tramlink is suspended as Christmas shoppers flock into the town centre.
Trams are not running between East Croydon station and Reeves Corner due to the high volume of traffic, and bus routes throughout the borough are subject to long delays.
Cars queuing to join the flyover have blocked the tram tracks at stops including Church Street and George Street.
Traffic on Tamworth Road is not moving as motorists wait to enter Centrale car park, and roads including the A232 Croydon Flyover, the A236 Old Town and the A212 Park Lane are all experiencing heavy traffic.
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An incident at East Croydon station compounded the traffic misery, with a train held after a passenger was taken ill.
Paramedics remain at the scene treating the patient, understood to be a man in his 80s.
The 16.06 Victoria to Brighton was being held at the platform as crews waited for the ambulance.
Trains via East Croydon are now subject to minor delays.
A signalling problem in the Purley area is causing further disruption.
The issue was reported at 5.25pm, and passengers are being warned of delays of up to an hour.
Buses are now replacing trains between Purley and Caterham, and Purley and Tattenham Corner.