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Croydon is a town in South London, England, located within the London Borough of Croydon. It is situated 9.5 miles (15.3 km) south of Charing Cross. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 11 metropolitan centres in Greater London.
Croydon serviced offices are well located on the transport corridor between London and England's south coast, just to the north of two gaps in the North Downs, one followed by the route of the A23 Brighton Road from Purley to Merstham and the other followed by the A22 from Purley to the M25 Godstone interchange.
The Surrey Iron Railway from Croydon to Wandsworth was the world's first public horse-drawn railway, which later developed into an important means of transport – facilitating Croydon's growth as a commuter town for the City of London and beyond. By the early 20th century, Croydon was an important industrial area, known for car manufacture, metal working and its airport. In the mid 20th century these sectors were replaced by retailing and service economy, brought about by massive redevelopment which saw the rise of office blocks and the Whitgift shopping centre. Road traffic is diverted away from a largely pedestrianised town centre, its main railway station, East Croydon, is still a major hub within the national railway transport system.
Tenants with access to serviced offices in Croydon have some of the best transport links in England. Overground services, trams, buses and airports are all close-by, ensuring that you are well connected when it comes to travelling to and from your serviced offices in Croydon.
The River Wandle is a major tributary of the River Thames, where it stretches to Wandsworth and Putney for 9 miles (14 km).. It forms a rough western boundary with the London Borough of Sutton, and for part of its length forms the boundary between the London Boroughs of Croydon and Lambeth. Just to the south of Croydon is a significant gap in the North Downs, which acts as a route for transport from London to the south coast. The A23 bypasses the centre of the town and follows Purley Way, to the west of the area.
The Brighton Main Line railway route south from Croydon links to Sussex, Surrey, and Kent and to Central London to the north: providing direct services to Hastings,Southampton, Brighton, Portsmouth, Gatwick Airport, Bedford and Luton. The main station for all these services is East Croydon station in the east part of the town centre. The station is the largest and busiest railway station in Croydon and the third busiest in London, excluding those in Travelcard Zone 1.
West Croydon station serves all trains travelling west. The East London Line, operated by London Overground reaches destinations such as Surrey Quays, Shoreditch, Dalston and Highbury (from 2011) serves West Croydon. The East London Line Extension will be a major contribution to London's transport infrastructure in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in the capital in 2012.
There are more regional stations scattered around the borough. Passenger rail services through Croydon are provided by Southern and First Capital Connect. Following the extension of the East London Line in 2010, two stations in Croydon are now served by London Overground services; Norwood Junction and West Croydon. The closest tube station is in Morden.
Transport for London operates a variety of buses for Croydon serviced offices. Most buses serve the West Croydon bus station, which is next to the rail and tram stop. Buses from Croydon serve destinations such as Heathrow Airport, Norwood, New Addington, Purley, Lewisham, Penge, Mitcham, Norbury and Bromley.
The light rail system Tramlink opened in 2000 and Croydon serves as its main hub. Its network consists of three lines, from Elmers End to West Croydon, Beckenham to West Croydon, and New Addington to Wimbledon, all three lines run via the Croydon loop on which it is centred. It serves Mitcham, Woodside, Addiscombe and the Purley Way retail and industrial area amongst others.