Miracle on Brockley Cross


Four roads converged in a yellow hood
The Brockley Cross makeover is complete. It took a year, a few corners have been cut compared with the original plans and there is still some construction debris lying around (as per the Conway MO), but the overall effect is nonetheless transformative. It's worth remembering just how terrible this spot used to be.

Where vans used to be parked illegally and dangerously all over the place, we now have broad pavement and young trees.

The redesign to reduce the number of parking spots and the closure of Nat's has stopped Brockley Cross being a hang-out for drug-dealers, so that this has been the first year in the history of BC when there has not been a single serious violent crime at this location.

People used to sit in their cars and chuck their fast food packaging (and often their food) out of their windows on to the street. The reduction in parking and improvements in refuse management mean that this spot no longer overflows with rubbish every day.

Brockley Cross used to look like a six lane motorway with near-misses at the junction an hourly occurrence and prangs a weekly feature. The redesign has calmed the traffic and our walk to work through Brockley Cross no-longer rings to the sound of angry car-horn-exchanges between drivers.

Pedestrians, who used to be an afterthought at this location, no longer have to negotiate all this chaos. The raised road surface, dropped curbs and new crossings make it a much safer place to walk.

Brockley Cross is still not a thing of beauty - and may never be - but it is no longer a place of crime, filth, chaos and noise. And that has made all the difference.

13 comments:

Treesplease said...

Looks good but more trees please! Surely there must be some budget left for this, given they couldn't plant them all in the original spots? Would be great to green this space up ...

CK said...

Looks so, so much better but please motorists, look up and realise there is a zebra crossing. I am still dicing with death every morning when people just don't bother to notice it has changed (most probably because it took so long to complete!).

Brockleylion said...

Do you think this will bring new business to the cross as at the moment the amount of barbers and Caribbean take always is disproportionate and I my detective skill make me think the zebra crossing isn't for the use of the very old or the very young but those very stoned.

Mickey Mouse said...

Looking at these photos the street and buildings look quite nice now, apart from (in virtually all cases) the horrendous shop fronts dragging the place down. It still looks horrible even after tonnes of money being spent on it. The Council needs to get these retailers to sort it out.

Monkeyboy said...

Disproportionate? How many should there be? There's one to many chip shops if you don't like chips.

freddy said...

Good report but it still looks terrible, nothing like the fancy plans and there's more emphasis on the road with its big white markings. It needs TREES! and FLOWERS and GREENERY!!!! A couple of enormous trees would transform this space for a few hundred quid.

Brockley Nick said...

It looks pretty much like the plans, which were not that fancy in the first place, tbh. It has a number of trees, but they take time to grow and currently resemble some clumps of sticks.

MalpasSimon said...

I'm so glad this is finally here. I hate to be a Killjoy and point out that about 10 of the paving slabs outside the second hand shop on Malpas Road are already loose though. I forget every other day and subsequently step on one with one foot soaking the other leg in filthy water. When will they be fixing these? 6 months time? Does anyone actually do a 'final walkround' to check everything is done properly?

freddy said...

I'll have to look for them as I can only see 1...still that's the point isn't it - I shouldnt have to be looking for them I should just see them! It is better but I think you are too ready to accept mediocrity.

Brockley Nick said...

Sorry, you are complaining that the trees are not visible enough? That is your complaint?


I'm not suggesting one should accept mediocrity, I'm suggesting you should acknowledge that trees take time to grow and that leaves don't grow in winter.

Treesplease said...

For me it's the fact there are fewer trees when compared to the original plan. If it's because of underground cables etc it would be good to put these allocated trees in nearby, or at new locations on BX

Naomi Madeleine said...

wish they'd put a pedestrian crossing on the end of endwell road there. or that at least drivers would use their indicator!

jez said...

It would be good if they could complete the works by relaying the near end of Upper Brockley Road, which we have to go down now that the bottom of Geoffrey Road is one-way. It is pot-hole central there and really unpleasant to use.

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