Catford Bridge access issues

More train anguish. Paul has been in touch with Lewisham Council and writes:

I walk to Catford Bridge station every morning via Ladywell Fields and Adenmore Road.

Recently, two high fences had appeared blocking all pedestrian access to the station from Ladywell Fields. Now pedestrians have to walk via the South Circular to get to the station, a considerable detour.

One fence was broach-able while the other was not, in the absence of a rope ladder or battering ram. Could a pedestrian access corridor not be kept open, running parallel to the Ravensbourne on Adenmore Road?

The Catford Green contractors onsite said that the two fences would be in place for five weeks and that signage had previously been up to indicate this, which neither I nor a fellow commuter had seen.

I am pleased that hopefully-affordable housing is being built in the local area, but hope that a way might be found to allow pedestrian access to Catford Bridge station during the works.

12 comments:

Mick said...

But people in Catford dont work in London do they?

Nigel F said...

no, they go to pick pockets on Oxford Street or, for a small financial consideration, play their accordions for the enjoyment of passengers on the train.

Max Calò said...

I completely agree with Paul, I often cycle through there and I think it's pretty awful that they closed it completely, and for 5 weeks! They should have been able to find a way to allow people to pass through. There was a sign though, it went up about 10 days ago I think.

Pippinlily said...

There is/has been a sign. It is a total pain. But considering the original plan was to block access for the duration of the build (5+ months) & a protest has already resulted in those plans being adjusted, I can live with 5 weeks.

Leo said...

A quicker way would be to head up the hill to Ravensbourne Park from Ladywell Fields and walk to the station that way although this would still add another 10 minutes to the journey

Mark Racz said...

Romanians mostly live in NE London. I'm one of the few in SE, I'm afraid. and my accordion-playing days are behind me.

Ez said...

Sure this is right? I have been that way twice this week and had no problem. You can't turn left at the first park exit, but there was no problem carrying straight on and then turning left into Westdown Road and then right into Adenmore.

peterfaiers said...

Best post ever.

Merrybuckle said...

Why yes, Mayfair. Who would have thought?!

Peter Tooke said...

10 mins??? - you must walk slowly. 2 maybe. This has been well-publicised for months and, though inconvenient, is only a minor short-term disruption.

bobblekin said...

The title of this article can be used again in a year or so's time to describe trying to get on a train into London when all the new housing is completed.

croftonparkuser said...

It's right alright!
The lovely access to the station and shops, through the park is shut off. I discovered this the other day and another woman and I fronted-up to the site manager about it. I don't see why a narrow path by the river couldn't be kept open, but there was some guff about school children and heavy machinery.

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