Competence personified

Never let it be said that BC doesn't respond to reader requests. Some anonymous commenter wanted to see pictures of the state of Brockley Station and we're more than happy to comply, if it helps to keep the issue at the forefront of everyone's attention.

The lovely new steps - barricaded off. They've been like this for weeks now:

The view from the top of the aforementioned steps (outside the ticket office); note the spoil heap and weeds on what was previously a nice grassy bank:

The new space outside the ticket office (again, lots of metal barriers):


The much-discussed ramp and accompanying bare earth (and weeds):







The slope up/down which many people trudge (and some slip) to reach the ticket office and platform 1:


25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Done themselves no favours by not opening the steps on time. Makes the rest of the scheme seem an even bigger shambles. Any chance of reposting the original scheme plans? seem to remember it indicated some tree planting to replace the ones removed?

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the tarmacced pavement. Ovboisly it should be paving stones but I bet my bottom Brockley dollar they'll try and fob us off with poor quality Tarmac. We should insist that the work is done to the specifications outlined at the start, not just finished any old how. I reckon Mrs Ruddock should give this some attention now, it's a disgrace!

Anonymous said...

Ladywell station looks lovely at the moment

Anonymous said...

Ah, looks alright, that

Richard said...

Don't use the station much, but had a look yesterday, someone will hurt themselves falling down that slope before too long. Lawsuit will be a doddle seeing as the fence has been left open at that point to allow people to make the shortcut while the steps remain closed!

Soil looks in a sorry state and I worry for the planting - nice dense, mixed shrubbery would return the street to its old look.

Tried to find these small portions of Brockley Lane platforms, with no success, but couldn't help thinking how useful that station would be now, especially if incorporated into existing Brockley station, with one ticket office. The option of a Charing X line would surely relieve great pressure on the Lon Bridge line.

Browns of SE4 is coming along nicely too.

Brockley Kate said...

Richard - I believe BXAG have campaigned for years for the re-opening of the high-level station into Victoria.

Needless to say, they received absolutely no support from the council.

I sometimes wonder whether the Labour Party wonders why Brockley ward has three Green councillors ...

Anonymous said...

Surprised you weren't stopped and searched under Section 44 taking photos of sensitive infrastructure.

Anonymous said...

yeah, Anon 00.10 temporary metal railings are high grade targets for nefarious commuters.... Problem with 'em though is that they can move! Makes the life of a guerilla commuter that much harder. Somehow I am sorry to say I suspect that these will be here for sometime.....

Richard said...

Kate, yes I read on here once about the BXAG campaign. I don't know how practical the whole idea would be though. I imagine the Croydon platform of Brockley station leading up to what was Brockley Lane, but instead it would be platforms 3 and 4. Easy?!

drakefell debaser said...

Famagusta has a similar problem to the Brockley Station refurb. The only change is the height and density of weeds.

St Johns User said...

Well at least the South London Press article seems to explain why work has ground to a halt.

Doesn't seem very hopeful as to when it will get started again.

Anonymous said...

Could you please summarise the SLP's comments? I missed the paper and can't find the article online. Ta.

St Johns User said...

Do try harder

http://www.southlondonpress.co.uk/tn/news.cfm?id=1133&searchword=Brockley%20Cross

fabhat said...

St Johns user - that article is from January...

I said...

sorry - a bit late to the party (being somebody who rarely uses the station, hence a lot of the choo-choo chat passes me by), but the style is very utilitarian and frankly a bit dull IMHO. Is this the look that BXAG wanted or a 'new, improved' (read el-cheapo) alternative given us by Lewisham?

Someone can point me to the relevant thread if nec.

I said...

After a minute's worth of digging around I found this

http://www.brockley.com/bcag/plans.html

I'm impressed by the paddy field look. Maybe they could grow rice on them to sell in Brown's?

Headhunter said...

Yes, that article's from Jan, before the work had even started. Not an explanation for why it has stopped and been left in disrepair.

fabhat said...

Thanks for that "I said" - what's so annoying about losing the performance space is that more importantly, the extra stairs and access at the Brockley Cross end of the station also disappeared (as shown on the PDF you linked to). Stairs at that end would stop me feel like Alice in wonderland-like zigzag back and forth just to get close to the station, and I'm sure it would have reduced the urge for people to slide down the bank rather than slogging along the ramp.

St Johns User said...

So it is. Ask brockley Kate then she made reference to the article.

I thought I had found a more recent article that said it was a Licence dispute again, but I can't get it back now on the the web.

As a St Johns User I suppose its fair to say I don't really care.

;-}

Anonymous said...

Brockley Lane Platforms are actually on the bridge (there are old pics on the net somewhere) and you can see their remains from the TeaFactory flats.

Headhunter said...

There isn't much in the way of remains at track level (of Brockley Lane station). There's a lot of history of the station on the net and I think most of the remaining bits of platform etc were cleared away in the 1920s or 1930s or something.

Anonymous said...

The long walkway is ridiculous. The slope proves that whoever designed it didn't bear the adage "time is money" in mind. People will always use the fastest route from A to B. The walkway ought to have been placed there.

Jesus. I sound like a middle-class whinger. Better stop now.

Brockley Nick said...

There is a more direct route, but for reasons best known to the Council, the steps remain shut.

Of course, the stairs are closed on the grounds of safety, while we await the golden handrail of destiny to be installed. In the mean time, everyone is scrambling up a dirty slope - which is considerably more dangerous.

Cllr Alexander has emailed to say that we can expect an update on this project soon...

Anonymous said...

The original plans also had wide steps leading from the pavement on Coulgate at the Cross end of the road.

Brockley Kate said...

I expect the ramp and earth slope will be looking even more fetching after today's heavy rain. Might take some more pics.

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