All change at Brockley Station

As a gateway to the community, Brockley Station is currently pretty woeful, particularly on the west side. With passenger numbers forecast to treble between now and 2011, thanks to the arrival of the East London Line, it is also in danger of becoming unfit for the task of getting people on to trains.

Access on the west side is cramped and dark late at night, while the term "ticket hall" is too grand for a portaloo on stilts. On the east side, the work of the Brockley Cross Action Group to prettify the area and the arrival of the Broca have really improved things but the Brockley Common site remains inaccessible and, we suspect, most people don't even know it's there.

However, three separate developments are set to change all of this.

Firstly, we're very excited to report that the Brockley Cross Action Group have secured £100,000 funding to make the Brockley Cross Phase 2 plans a reality. This will involve the creation of a new, landscaped approach on the east side, with a public space, where currently the site is overgrown.

Secondly, as part of the redevelopment of Mantle Road, access on the west side will be widened and given some cosmetic improvements.

Together, these two initiatives should create a much improved bridge between east and west Brockley.

Thirdly, Transport for London have confirmed that they have plans to upgrade all of the stations on the London Overground network, which includes those on the East London Line. Although they were unable to make any further comment at this stage, it's not unreasonable to expect that at least some of this work will be completed by 2010, particularly as the ELL is considered part of the new Olympic transport infrastructure.

We'll hopefully have more news about the Brockley Common project very soon.

47 comments:

Hugh said...

Thanks for the update, Nick, and great work as ever.

Are there any plans for St Johns station? I'm sure many of your readers use it but I'm interested primarily because I use it.

Anonymous said...

This is great news. I always think of the train station as the epicentre of Brockley so any improvements cosmetically and access wise, are vitally important. With the Broca, the propsed deli, and the various developments on the west side of the tracks, the 'centre' of Brockley is gradually getting an identity. Good work Nick!

Anonymous said...

where did the funding come from (phase 1 and phase 2)? Great that BXAC has got this before the olympics has drained this sort of funding completely..

Anonymous said...

Very good news. Nick do you know when these changes are going to be taking place?

Brockley Nick said...

re: St. John's - no idea, I'm afraid, but can try to find out

re: When all this happens, work should start on Phase 2 before the end of the year. Trying to find out about the Mantle Road development. The timing for the wider station redevelopment programme is not yet decided - I'll be surprised if it's before 2010. But hey, we're all here for the long-haul, right!?

Hugh said...

Yes. Of course.

Anonymous said...

What is Lewisham council doing in all this? Are they responsible for the mantle road development? Or are they (as I supect), doing absolutely knack all and letting concientious residents, private developers, and the GLA to do all the work for them???

adam said...

Hi, this is not so related to your page, but it is the site you asked me 1 month ago about the abs diet. I tried it, worked well. Well here is the site

Brockley Nick said...

Anon. I don't really understand your question. They are not responsible for the station, so it's not in their power to do anything about it. The money for the west side is coming from the Section 106 agreement with the developers (the price the council extracts from them to permit the development to go ahead).

Not sure where the money for the Common has come from - it's one of the things I'm trying to check.

monkeyboy said...

Adam, interesting but not as good as MY ab diet. A mound of mash potato, made with lots of butter naturally, and a steak pie. Try it - it's the diet of champions.

Hugh said...

Since we're getting on to serious topics, where can one get good pies round here? I tend to stick to supermarkets and on occasion Borough Market but would love a massive pie outlet to be opened locally. Perhaps near the station and with an organic section.

Anonymous said...

I didn't realise the council were not responsible for the station. I naively assumed that they would (or should) be at the forefront of any changes made to public areas in the borough, that would afffect the residents. Is this why the station is covered in litter? Because it's not their responsibility?

Monkeyboy said...

Hugh,

Theres a really good butchers in Deptford - well its near Brockley. I've bought many a leg of lamb from him. He does his own pies, not tried them myself http://www.urbanpath.com/london/butchers/wellbeloved.htm

on another point. For my sins I work in the Transport sector. The station will be the responsibility Network Rail. Any changes to access would have had to go through an extensive consultation excercise. I won't bore you with the details but Network Rail don't do fast when it comes to change.

spincat said...

I believe that Goddard's, who used to run the fabulous pie shop in Greenwich (closed recently to make way for one of the Gourmet Burger chain - great regeneration going there for sure!) now run a takeaway service
http://www.pieshop.co.uk/takeaway.htm

It osunds like you maybe have to order a minimum of 5 pies though, but sure you can manage it.

spincat said...

when I said takeaway I meant delivery - as in, 5 pies delivered to your door ...

Anonymous said...

this is a bit off the topic - but when is the deli open for business? anyone know? can't wait to get down there for my sun dried tomatoes!!

Brockley Nick said...

Funny you should ask, I'll have a Deli update tomorrow.

Hugh said...

Monkeyboy, many thanks. I'll have my man search the electric internet for the establishment in question and send him down for a sampler.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

I'm abit worried about all the potential empty shops that may result from all these developments - apparently it's easier to get through a planning application for residential development if you add some commercial space into the mix.

I hope the new deli succumbs to the dark side.....

leenewham said...

The image of the Raffish Hugh tucking into a pie is one that doesn't quite fit.

Perhaps we should have a Brockley Pie competition where locals bake their best 'me old mam made it' recipies and hugh and co could judge it (washed down with a fine Oloroso of course).

leenewham said...

On the subject of pies, how about a broccoli Brockley pie...Cornwall has the Cornish Pasty and cream!

Lets put Brockley on the map (and broccoli on the table).

I can see the slogans now:
The Brockley Broccoli pie...It's green and good for you (and so is the pie).

or

It's green in the middle, but crusty and flaky on the outside.

lisa said...

Ok all this pie talk opens the door to one of my burning questions about Brockley... What on EARTH is the deal with the "Steak and kidney pudding" tombstone on Harefield Rd? Are you all pro (so funny!! so droll!!) or con (not funny any more!! More stale than a "cornish pastie" from London bridge at midnight!!)?

Hugh said...

I'm in favour. Isn't it a symbol of the arty nature of the neighbourhood? Albeit Nick's survey below suggests there are more IT and financial services drones in Brockley than sensitive creative sorts.

Chris said...

Please-please-please let them put in direct access to Platform 1 from the west side.

If the ticket office is closed you have to walk over rails on the green bridge, down the ramp, around the corner onto platform 2, along platform 2, up the stairs onto the white bridge back across the rails and down the stairs again.

It's not so much the time and effort involved, although there have been some out-of-breath running and cursing moments as my train arrived and I was still on the other side of the maze, but more that I feel the sheer insanity of the situation will one day make my head explode.

veggiegirl said...

funnily enough a delivery guy I spoke to this morning alleges that Brockley is chock full of left-handed people - supposedly more artistic than right-handers.

Hugh said...

How on earth would he know that?

veggiegirl said...

Hugh - he can tell if you have to sign for something.

Hugh said...

I stand corrected.

Bea said...

It's great news that Brockley Common has got funding. Do you know if they will be following the same design plans as up on the Brockley Cross Action Group website?

Anonymous said...

The Steak and Kidney Pudding reference is ART don't you know. A play on the tombstone obituary which usually refers to somebody in the past tense, whereas the recipe is referring to something in its creation. Either that or it's just an unexpected juxtaposition of contexts in which neither sits comfortably with the other rendering us the audience in a state of constant flux.

I'm all for it, but then again I have just got home from a night out and as you might guess am considerably worse for wear. Alcohol wise that is...

Bea said...

Re: the tombstone / gravel / bamboo / railway sleepers garden on Harefield Road, I would like to suggest that “the implicit structure of the garden is designed to appeal to the viewers unconscious visual sensitivity to axial-symmetry skeletons of stimulus shapes”… is that arty farty enough? It has been used to describe Ryouanji (a Zen garden in Kyoto, Japan) and I think they are going for that look so should do nicely as art… or then again maybe not!

Anonymous said...

I preferred my reading...

Kate said...

I think someone should track down the owners of the steak & kidney pudding house and interview them, and post it up here on BC. Nick - what do you reckon?!?

Brockley Nick said...

I know who the house belogs to - she's quite active in the Brockley arts scene, but I've never been sure whether it's supposed to be "public" art, for us all to comment on, or something for their private enjoyment, in which case, I've not wanted to comment on it as I wouldn't want anyone discussing the state of my front garden. However, I will email her and say there's been some interest.

Brockley Nick said...

On this topic though, I'd like the next poll to be about our favourite Brockley art. There's the recipe gravestone, the clockwork key, the marley mural...

Any other suggestions?

Hugh said...

Doesn't a reasonably famous actor live on Harefield? You know the one. I can't remember his name. He's appeared in quite a few white linen and BBC dramas over the years. Thin on top and generally sporting a tash. Another interviewee?

Hugh said...

I think the detached house on Breakspears with pink window frames and a tropical jungle in the front garden is pretty arresting. Is it art? The question is idle, my friends.

Monkeyboy said...

My back garden has not been touched this year. I've juxtaposed a number of discarded chairs, a leaky hose and a broken table at the end. The installation is currently being enveloped with ivy. A damming indictment of our wasteful throwaway society and the reliant nature of...erm....nature.

I intend to out the whole lot on EBay, bids start at £100.

Bea said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Bea said...

Hugh… re the house on Breakspears Road with the shockingly pink window frames, it does in fact belong to an artist – Biddy Bunzel – who is one of the organizers of the annual “Open Studios” event. I’ve been three times now and her back garden always impresses.

The garden at the front doesn’t do justice to the garden at the back which is truly amazing (but in the same style). Her partner designed it and comes from New Zealand (I believe). At any rate all the plants are native to New Zealand and it truly creates an impression of a different county (possibly even a different planet from an old Star Trek episode). Her website is www.biddybunzl.com

veggiegirl said...

David Haig is the actor you're thinking of. Was in 4 Weddings & a Funeral too.

Bea said...

Nick - there's also the stone circle at Hilly Fields and the Ladywell / Crofton Park graveyard with some amazing Victorian tombstones (not sure it's art but very gothic at any rate) and, whilst I'm at it, I'd also like to submit the reclamation yard on Lewisham Way opposite Twyrit (sp?) Road (gotta luv the kitsch pink Cadillac with Marilyn waving at me).

Hugh said...

That reclamation yard is what remains of Loampit Vale station (if that's what it was called).

I'd like Nick to ask his friends to have the station reopened.

Vikki said...

I was fairly sure it was called Lewisham Road Station and a quick google proves it was. Nice bit of local and railway history can be found here -

http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/stations/l/lewisham_road/index.shtml

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have an information on the empty shops on Mantle road? The new building has been up for a while now - and I don't hate it as much now as I previously did - but the shops have yet to find tenants, is this a sign that Brockley's 'regeneration' is happening too quickly for the community to sustain??
Paul Davies

Anonymous said...

I don't think you can blame the community. We can't put our wallets where our mouths are if no-one opens a shop there. Give it time...

Anonymous said...

I wasn't 'blaming' the community.

Brockley Central Label Cloud

Click one of the labels below to see all posts on that subject. The bigger the label, the more posts there are!