Brockley Cross - the final destination

The final stage of the improvements to Brockley Cross has begun. Work got underway in the summer but then ground to a halt when the Olympics and Paralympics forced a temporary cessation of all roadworks in the capital.

Conway returns, a neighbourhood rejoices

The remaining work to be carried out includes installing raised crossings, relaying pavements on the west side and making the stretch of Geoffrey Road between Brockley Cross and Upper Brockley Road in one-way (traffic will only be able to enter Geoffrey Road from Brockley Cross, not exit it).

The Council explains:

Work began again at Brockley on Sunday morning (18 Nov).  Conways have already realigned the kerb and are laying paving on the north side of Endwell Road, outside the timber merchant's yard.  There's not enough space there for Conways to work safely so we've had to temporarily close Endwell Road to westbound traffic and displace the eastbound lane.  However, all being well, we should be able to reopen Endwell Road in time for the evening peak on Thursday.

Our next task will be to establish one-way working in Geoffrey Road.  This is a condition of the Metropolitan Police's acceptance of the new zebra crossing on Brockley Cross.  We cannot finish the zebra crossing and get it up and running until one-way working is established at the western end of Geoffrey Road (between Brockley Cross and Upper Brockley Road).

We have still to fix a date for the resurfacing work and will be discussing this with Conways this week.  We hope to be able to complete before Christmas but we may have to wait until early in the New Year for a slot to become available.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about the budget for trees ... it's gonna be a concrete jungle now they can't plant any trees ...

Anonymous said...

why aren't they sorting out that bizarre double round about business they've got going on there?

Tamsin said...

Because the double roundabout is quite an effective way of shifting traffic through what is a five way junction.

But what they should have done is make sure the diversion signs were in place to bring the morning rush-hour traffic back on course by sending it down Endwell - cars were trying to go all the way up Vesta this morning, meeting buses coming down and all the extra parked cars at the top by the "temporary" school - chaos. I was glad I was going the other way.

Anonymous said...

All this pavement widening is well and good, but it's certainly made cycling around the place more difficult.

Mike of Cliffview said...

i love your magazine, as a former resident of Brockley (many years ago, but sadly I wouldn't move back!). Funnily enough I now live in Dartford where, at any time, but especially during the morning rush hour, you cannot drive more than 400 yards without seeing a Conway vehicle - they are everywhere!

Anonymous said...

Nick, this surely cannot be better having one-way traffic up Geoffrey Road?

The Open Reach Go Homers are going to love it!

Brockley Nick said...

I don't understand that.

Anonymous said...

not sure i understand the one way issue. does that mean traffic from geoffrey rd travelling to brockley cross will be diverted down upper brockley then round to the left coming out at malpas?

Giovanni said...

Geoffrey Road - which way is one-way? Anyone know?

By the way, I really don't envy the poor buggers stuck in the evening rush hour traffic jam all the way down Drakefell Road. I'm glad I walk from the station.

Anonymous said...

Great, more footpath to ride bicycles and rollerskate on.

Anonymous said...

"Nick, this surely cannot be better having one-way traffic up GeoffrHoeey Road? The Open Reach Go Homers are going to love it!"

One-way traffic increases speed. Open Reach drivers use Geoffrey road etc to go home - already at great speed.

Result: speed kills.

Anonymous said...

The one way system : Cars travel down Geoffery Road and go up at the bottom end of UBR ( Jays corner shop side).

Anonymous said...

This new one way system coupled with the Zebra crossing is not going to work very well during peak traffic hours.I foresee much more traffic congestion, with cars backing up Geoffrey rd and the Zebra crossing causing gridlock.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it will mean cars not using the route from Wickham Road to Geoffrey Road as a 'rat run'.

Anonymous said...

I quite like using that route as a "rat run" (seriously, what weasely words to use)... I like to shake the NIMBYs up a bit.

Anonymous said...

As someone who lives on Wickham Rd, Mr/Mrs Anonymous, it is actually quite annoying to have drivers like you bombing it down the road at 7am every morning. Particularly now the council have made the speed bumps virtually bump-free.

Brockley Nick said...

Funny how touchy self-styled "drivers" get about the term rat-run. It's a standard term.

Anonymous said...

No Nick, they're weasel words. Normal people would call it a shortcut or maybe just a "road".

Still the dinner partiers of Geoffrey Road will have their say.

D said...

"Still the dinner partiers of Geoffrey Road will have their say"
You're obsessed with these mythical dinner parties. Don't worry I'm sure you'll get invited out one day. If only in a Diner de Cons way...

Brockley Nick said...

I'm pig-sick about all these catty comments about rat runs from someone who has a monkey on their back. It's getting my goat. I wish someone would give me a bear hug, so that I could feel more bullish and get rid of the black dog.

Weasel words indeed.

Anonymous said...

you can always come across as a bit of a cock though

Anonymous said...

Just stop rabbitin' on about Geoffery. Personally I prefer Harefield.

Tamsin said...

Like it...

Wish my brain was sufficiently in gear to join in.

Anonymous said...

Nick - one does wonder why you make so many rat run comments? Dog whistling?

Mb said...

It's part of the local Greens pedestrianisation by stealth strategy, it's the elephant in the room.

(Best I cold manage at 8:55, I'll get my coat)

Anonymous said...

No one's mentioned the zebras crossing

Paul Astles said...

I just cycled down Geoffrey Road to go to the shops and was forced into a ridiculous detour in the wrong direction. I don't think the new one way system has been thought through properly. As a Geoffrey Road resident, I'm confused. The traffic obviously needs decimating all the way up and down the road but this weird token gesture is nearly as baffling as the 4 metre cycle lane between Upper Brockley Road and Geoffrey Road. Does anyone know if this mysterious piece off planning is still possibly changeable to something that is useful and not just a hindrance? As it is it is just going to force cyclists on to the pavement.

anonymous said...

 I've seen several motorists ignoring it.

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