Lewisham braced for tailbacks as Gateway construction begins in earnest

Indicative massing of the buildings and road layout that will replace the roundabout
Major delays are expected on Lewisham's roads today as work begins on the remodelling of Lewisham town centre's layout, which will result in the replacement of the roundabout with a new road system, to allow for the development of the massive Lewisham Gateway development.

Lewisham Gateway is a long-delayed scheme that will create new housing, retail and leisure space in the heart of Lewisham. Construction work began earlier this year, when the site next to the station was dug up. Now, the temporary grass hummocks the Council created in lieu of any construction work have gone too and the road layout is next to bite the dust. This is Local London reports:

"The work - being carried out over 20 months - involves removing the roundabout where the A20 and A21 meet and re-configuring Loampit Vale, Station Road, Lewisham Road, Lewisham High Street and Molesworth Street."

The work will create  new pedestrian connections between the station and the shopping centre and free up land for development. The roundabout has had a deleterious effect on Lewisham for decades, but the disruption caused by the roadworks will be significant, and it is likely to lead to longer car journey times through Lewisham over the long-term.

The developers of Lewisham Gateway are hosting two public consultation days this week - here are the details if you want to attend:

Friday 18 July 2:30pm to 7pm Leemore Centre 29-39 Clarendon Rise Lewisham
Saturday 19 July 10:30am to 3pm Centre Square Lewisham Shopping Centre Lewisham High Street

35 comments:

Anon said...

Meanwhile back in the real world Heidi Alexander made this video in 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifalmUEVT5o&list=PL2885022DC1AC2337
I don't know if there is a plan for a cinema but I see Bromley has plans for a 5 screen rooftop cinema.

guesty said...

A cinema *needs* to happen here.

terrencetrentderby said...

20 months!? There is a lot to be said for the Dubai model of indentured labour, they could do this in 6 months at a fraction of the cost.

We would of course all be appalled but secretly grateful.

Brockley Nick said...

I'm surprised it's that little to be honest.

Headhunter said...

Projects like this in the UK always take far longer than anywhere else in the world. When I lived in Japan they extended the Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line in Osaka including digging new tunnels in about a year. In the UK it took years just to extend the East London Line which didn't involve any new tunneling, just laying a little new track and some new signalling....

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

The H junction which replaces the roundabout means the flow of foreign traffic mainly lorries and coaches along the A20 from the tunnel is held up longer in the centre of Lewisham. This will probably make the pollution worse than on Oxford Street. You read it here first!

Monkeyboy said...

you need to be careful comparing projects. introducing the overground to a working railway while keeping closures to a minimum is quiet different to a brand new railway where all the infrastructure is new and you can work 24/7. also cost, sometimes the funding is only released slowly so you stretch the work to suit.

having said all that, yes Japan does it quicker on like for like projects...generally.

AliAfro said...

Newisham's Model Market should do a secret cinema style screening of Mad Max.

Guesty said...

What's Newisham?

bilko said...

No, you could have read this first in the environment section of developers plans published in 2006 - you could have also read (in other sections) how some of the journeys through the 'low H system' are going to take longer than at present (amongst many other flaws in the plans). You wouldn't have read about off-plan selling of flats to far east investors but this has become more widely recognised now, and retail, let's not get funny, how much new retail is there actually occupied and working in anything that's been built in the last few years? In the future we'll look back fondly at the roundabout and think what a good job it did . . .

Tristram said...

Lewisham now every shop is a deli

terrencetrentderby said...

We should get the Quakers to run it, we need their no nonsense Protestant work ethic.

Joe said...

Quakers aren't Protestants though

Jesus of Nazareth said...

They weren't originally but are considered to be now, they certainly have the work ethic like all good reformists. They are a cut above those heretics in Rome.

humble disciple said...

Lord, at this moment we ned you like at no other - please come down and visit us and cast the money lenders out of your house so that we may worship in peace. but it's good to se you getting yourself about online - presumably the broadband connection must be ace where you are.
amen

Cyril Sneer said...

Anyone else heard the rumor that the site of the old Ladywell leisure centre was going through the preliminary process of being turned into the site for a mosque? Not sure if this is total nonsense.

golden calf said...

I can only applaud the idea that, over the rooftops of Ladywell, we shall be called to prayer 5 times a day - regardless of our faith.
Just like being on holiday . . .

Max Calò said...

Yes, mosque at the ground floor, nuclear waste treatment facility in the basement, a peadophile community centre on the first floor and a travellers' site in the car park.. Not sure if this is total nonsense.

terrencetrentderby said...

Mosques really add to progressive secular communities don't they?

Max Calò said...

They're not meant to. But moral panic doesn't add progressiveness to secular communities either .

anonymous said...

I had to take a turn in the vacant car park on front of Lewisham's Council offices yesterday. Whatever happened to the PR firm that recommended that as the borough traveller halting site. Are they still in place?

terrencetrentderby said...

You think more mosques will help? http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/rainbow_hamlets_criticises_east_london_mosque_for_defending_homophobe_1_3257896

Headhunter said...

I think the call for prayer is illegal in the UK isn't it? That's why you never hear it... Mosques aren't allowed to do it. It's considered noise pollution or something

Headhunter said...

The NTR line in Osaka was a working line - they extended it so it was functioning whilst they worked on it.... Not to put my own country to shame but in Japan the train lines ALWAYS ran more efficiently than here. It was absolutely unheard of for a line or even a stretch of line to be closed. That's the sort of thing that would have made front page news in Japan whereas here it's quite normal for, say, the Jubilee Line to be partly closed for weekends on end. The trains were also never late... If they were more than 2 minutes late you could go to the ticket office for a letter to present to your boss/employer/the person you were meeting etc to explain why you were late and with deepest apologies from the rail company....

Max Calò said...

We are a multicultural society, and progressive secularism lives side by side with other groups. Muslims exist and need their places of worship. I'm an atheist, there's a mosque at the end of my road and it doesn't really bother me.

Are there issues I disagree with Muslims? Yes, yes, yes! Just as there are issues I disagree with Christians and probably Satanists too but wars of religion or against religions are among the least helpful things you can possibly have in a society.

terrencetrentderby said...

A place of worship that openly preaches hate is not conducive to a progressive secular city though is it? I am always amazed the liberal left turn a blind eye to this obvious contradiction. And yes there are clearly issues with some Christian denominations too but on a much smaller scale.

Max Calò said...

And you think you'll win your argument by suppressing their freedom of speech.

terrencetrentderby said...

Bingo, now you're getting it.

Max Calò said...

Ok, when we'll have a fundamentalist secularist state we just do as you say.

Brockley Nick said...

I think there is a difference between suppressing freedom of speech and not consciously encouraging preachers of hate and intolerance to build a following in the local community. Hypothetically speaking, of course. Not that all churches / mosques do this.

Max Calò said...

Rightful freedom to bring God's will on earth if you ask the preacher!

But inside each religion there is a discourse and for every extremist there is a multitude of moderates and most of these extremists' positions' issues can solved within the religion itself and its own internal dialogue.

Or so the Pangloss in me believes.

terrencetrentderby said...

The creationist movement in evangelical churches throws around the term fundamental secularism when people object to their ridiculous school curriculums (dinosaurs are 6000 years old etc). I suppose you defend their right to do this too along with the Sharia law preached in UK mosques.

Max Calò said...

No. You suppose too much for a fact-based man..

Max Calò said...

Sure, I really think we need another swimming pool, but it's not what terrencetrentdarby is saying here.

J Eye said...

Do the Japs still hire those platform guards that push people into busy trains? We could use some for for the morning Overground service

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