Brockley Common project seeks Mayor's blessing

On Wednesday, Lewisham Mayor Steve Bullock will be asked by Council officials to endorse funding for the emerging strategy for station improvements along the extended East London Line and, in particular, to authorise £146,000 of the the Council’s Capital Programme (CCP) fund to finance Phase 1 of the Brockley Common project.

The money will be spent on Phase 1 of the Common project, as a precursor to an emerging long term scheme for the station. This work will deliver a new ramp and steps to the ticket office and links to the main footbridge that provides access to Mantle Road. The proposed 1:20 ramp would provide wheelchair and buggy access to the upper level. It would replace the existing steep 1:4 ramp up to the down ticket office.

The recommendation notes the "wide support from the local community" following the excellent and painstaking work of the Brockley Cross Action Group, that planning permission has been granted, that £71,000 has already been secured and that it will help the station meet disabled access requirements:

Planning Permission for Brockley Common was given in February 2008. The Council made a successful application under the small schemes Access for All funding to implement the scheme, and £71k towards the cost of the proposal was agreed. This funding is available up until March 2009, but only becomes available on completion of the scheme. Brockley station has also been included in the "Access for All" programme, which may result in major changes to the stations, particularly to the footbridge link between the two platforms. Access for All works are scheduled for completion in the 2012 to 2015 period.

And the report holds out hope that there could be an end to the farcical twin bridge arrangement that particularly annoys those on the west of the station:

TfL( Borough Partnerships) have indicated that they would be willing to consider a scheme to improve access either side of the station and funding is available to improve access to and from the station as part of the London Cycle network. Officers have undertaken some outline
design work, on access routes to the station. TfL would be willing to consider a further Station access bid, via SELTRANS for 2009/10 that would need to cover access routes to the station and take into account safety issues and access by modes. The narrow pedestrian route forms part of the London Cycle Network and a some improvements have been suggested. There are currently no plans to widen this bridge.


In total, the Council has £730,000 to spend on enhancing station access along the route of the extended East London Line, which is on-course to open in June 2010.

The responsibility of running the stations included on the new line will be transferred to TfL in September 2009, which means that Brockley Station itself will benefit from a package improvements, focusing on two areas:

  • Ambiance: Refurbishment work to achieve roughly "as new" condition, with deep cleaning.
  • Systems: Modern public address system, signage, customer information system and CCTV, station lighting, security and signage on and off the station including onward travel.
In total, these measures would transform the station and its surroundings, bringing huge benefits to commuters and to the public realm at the heart of Brockley. This week, Mayor Bullock has the opportunity to start the revolution.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonder if they could invest in some staff who actually know what they're talking about. When I asked one of them where I'm meant to get the PIN number you need to renew a monthly ticket using the machines from, they just repeatedly said to me "its the PIN for your credit card innit"...

nobbly brick said...

is the £730,000 the amount to be spent on the total of nine stations? (South of New Cross, correct me if I'm wrong on that number)

It may sound like a good idea, but surely most the the items identified (Modern public address system, signage, customer information system and CCTV, station lighting etc) would have to be upgraded anyway as part of on-going maintenance.

But any help with the public transport infrastructure has to be a good thing, just don't let the Council take credit for things that they may not 'actually' be doing.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news!

Brockley Nick said...

nobbly - the £730k is only for access to stations, the money for station upgrades is from a separate TfL budget. And obviously the £730k is only for stations in Lewisham.

Brockley Nick said...

"Access" projects will be for improvements outside the stations, so not the responsibility of TfL. Let's give the Council credit where its due please.

nobbly brick said...

ah right

Understood

welcome to 2008 said...

Let's not miss the point and look a gift horse in the mouth. This means the Common will finally happen and longer-term we can expect a better station too.

Be positive people!

Monkeyboy said...

TfL and whoever are in a bit of a pickle I suspect. DDA compliance is an obligation (think there is a little bit of wriggle room but some basic provision will be required I'm sure) but transport budgets are squeezed at the mo what with Metronet and now Tublines looking a bit sick. Hope the money is ring fenced.

The Cat Man said...

well, at least they are considering these issues which has to be positive news. It wouldn't be the first time the council has missed an opportunity so let's wait and see what happens (and don't hold your breath)!

The Cat Man said...

well, at least they are considering these issues which has to be positive news. It wouldn't be the first time the council has missed an opportunity so let's wait and see what happens (and don't hold your breath)!

The Cat Man said...

well, at least they are considering these issues which has to be positive news. It wouldn't be the first time the council has missed an opportunity so let's wait and see what happens (and don't hold your breath)!

Brockley Kate said...

Right, Sir Steve Bullock. There have been plenty of complaints in the past about your failure to take an interest in our neighbourhood. Let's see if you can prove your detractors wrong.

drakefell debaser said...

Indeed, I take it Uncle Steve can't say no to being asked to endorse this?
Show us the money I say and well done to BCAG for their tenacity.

Anonymous said...

"Officers have undertaken some outline
design work, on access routes to the station."
ANYONE KNOW IF THESE ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ONLINE.

Jt said...

"...authorise £146,000 of the the Council’s Capital Programme (CCP) fund to finance Phase 1 of the Brockley Common project."

What is the likelihood that Bullock will support this? What are the pros and cons of 'blessing' the project from his perspective?

fedupinbreakspears said...

we live in a victorian house conversion and like many we were promised double glazing when we moved into the property,now we cant have it.Why?I wish someone would tell us,after many hours on the phone and going round in circles with no one really being helpful we want answers.What is really getting to us that in our road and within the conservation area 2 yes 2 blocks of flats now have double glazing what makes them so special.!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Why is it the poorest, lowest income always the ones to get it in the neck.

Yet types like this are lauded...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1056461/The-school-run-Posh-Becks-style-A-300-000-Rolls-Royce-Phantom-security-teams.html

Headhunter said...

Exactly, viva la revolucion!

I have to say though, Rolls Royce has completely gone downhill. they were always a bit OTT but in a classic sense with sweeping lines picked out in chrome and the classic grill. Beck's car just looks like a tractor with a lump of silver bolted to the front. Gone is the classicly overstated beauty. What's the world coming to?

And don't get me started on the carbon footprint driving an enormous engined Roller followed by 2 4x4 buses full of security!

Anonymous said...

When you can afford kit like that, Carbon Footprint is no longer a factor. You're just somehow, elegantly above it... and long may that continue.

headhunter said...

I guess you're not the same anon bemoaning the fact that poor people get it in the neck then?

Anonymous said...

Oh no ;-) us anons are a diverse bunch

Brockley Kate said...

So what was the decision, did he back it? Does anyone know?

Amanda said...

Yes, I would really like to know the outcome of this. I have been hunting online nothing's come up so far.

nobbly brick said...

It's perfectly normal for the Council to make a grand announcement of something and then not hear anything about it ever again

Headhunter said...

This is the public sector. There won't be a decision on this endorsement for months yet....

Amanda said...

Lol I just realised I couldn't find anything, the meeting is happening today, Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

Any news today?

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