Coulgate Street improvement plans revealed

With construction work at 180 Brockley Road due to begin on Monday, the plans for improvement work on Coulgate Street, which would be part-funded by the developers, have been made available online. Lewisham Council writes:

Lewisham Council is consulting on plans to improve Coulgate Street, on the eastern side of Brockley Station. 

The proposed scheme is designed to improve the environment for pedestrians by laying new paving (and widening some sections of the current footway), planting some trees and removing clutter. Other measures include restricting traffic to one-way (from Brockley Cross southwards to Foxberry Road) and providing some short-term parking for customers of local shops.

The Council is consulting on its proposals until 24 October, with the intention of implementing the finalised plans - subject to final approval from Transport for London, who have funded their development so far - during early 2015. To have your say on the proposals, contact traffic@lewisham.gov.uk.


It's not the part-pedestrianisation or shared-surface scheme once imagined, but it would tidy up a chaotic part of our town centre and form a nicer link between a pretty set of flower beds outside the station and the cafes opposite. More parking for bikes, less parking for cars and wider, smarter pavements. A bit conservative, but nonetheless a big improvement.

16 comments:

Roger Stocker said...

Looks like a wasted opportunity, visibility of shops still blocked by parked cars, no outdoor seating areas near shops, no 2 way cycling whole length (why - effective road with greater than now with parked cars), still allows commuter parking outside some shops. The road will still be dominated by cars/yellow lines rather than taking this opportunity to make motor vehicles a 'visitor' rather than dominate as it does now. Move 40 minute parking to opposite side of the road, buildout pavement outside southern shops to create seating, trees, cycle parking etc. This could link with the station entrance and create a calmed area right across the road leaving the motor vehicles towards the north. Pick up and drop off area is right outside the station meaning pedestrians/cyclists will still have to weave their way around vehicles as that is their desire line.
Looks like a expensive scheme that fails to deliver much apart from a nice looking road surface and some wider pavements - why not shared space?

hieum said...

I agree with Roger. The plans are weak. Nothing less than full pedestrianisation is acceptable really. Cars ruin what could be an otherwise pleasant welcome for people visiting Brockley by train.

lord rodgers said...

It's possible of course that the land both here and where the development is being erected is being put into private hands - this is not an unusual practise for Lewisham - so although there may be some Section 106 money this is negated if the land is no longer council held (the land would be worth far more than a Section 106 agreement)

Andy Scorgie said...

Oh goody cant wait for the return of Conway seeing the regulation two workmen only going about their business like a pair of three toed sloths on mogadon. Interesting point on cyclists having to weave their way round, surely this goes against the current cycling philosophy of riding on the pavement and mowing down blind people!

Gu Est said...

Cars and cycle parking near the narrower strip in front of the shops, and wider and car free space near the bridge. Who is the genious who put this together.

Jon said...

Can't say I am surprised. This is standard Lewisham council stuff. Nothing imaginative despite a decent budget. More money to line up their buddies pockets at Conway me thinks.

Jon said...

If this was what Lewisham council can come for this, I can't say I have much hope for their plans for "Brockley corridor".


Oh yes, let's plant some trees, widen a bit of pavement, tidy up a bit etc. Any kid could have come up with that scheme.

Headhunter said...

Nice to see some improvements here but I really don't see why we couldn't have had full pedestrianisation, perhaps with limited drop off access for the station... I don't see how car access is essential of helpful for Coulgate Street....

Fran said...

Agree mostly with comments. I hope we all submit these views to the consultation e-mail. Might be a better place to vent these views? ;-)

Rhymer said...

As you say, a big improvement. But also a wasted opportunity. Lewisham's attitude to cars seems stuck somewhere in mid 1989.

Nick said...

It's been designed by the team with the email traffic@lewisham.gov.uk - so not surprised it's still totally car focused. How much do you want to bet cars will park in the cycle lane all day! Just ban all parking FFS.

anon said...

The roundabout design featured lots of trees too, then we ended up with 2. Not holding much hope for this. Can we petition to have it redesigned, with the help of Brockley Society or similar?

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Of course thanks to the local electorate the Council is now a Labour dictatorship with I think only one lone voice of opposition. Not a healthy situation.

Brockley Nick said...

To be honest, I don't much care about the trees, there's plenty of green there already. I am more interested in minimising the number of cars and having a shared surface and better pavements.

a gane of two halves said...

If it were pedestrianised, Coulgate St would become a nice public area. It could be a line of pleasant cafes with tables outside. Cars could drop off in Foxberry Rd. What are the plans for that area? I guess it will need vehicle access for whatever supermarket takes root in the new development.

Liam said...

I emailed the council thanks to the link Nick added above. I got a response right away so I thought I would share with you all.

I asked three questions.

1. Why are you not pedestrianising Coulgate Street.
2. Where are all the cars that normally park on Coulgate Street going to park
3. Easier access for prams etc.

Here is his response:

We are still open to ideas regarding the use of Coulgate Street. "Pedestrianisation" means different things to different people but any scheme that we implement will have to allow for some vehicle access to and from Coulgate Street. Apart from Coulgate Street's residents, business premises, including Network Rail and London Overground, need vehicle access for deliveries and maintenance purposes. The Council also needs to be able to collect the refuse each week. We also have to consider those disabled people who need to be able to reach the station's entrance with a minimum of inconvenience. Having said that, I am sure that we will be able to come to some compromise that will satisfy most, if not all, of Brockley's residents.
If we exclude parked vehicles from Coulgate Street then their owners will of course have to make alternative arrangements. Our thoughts on this are that Brockley's streets are already at or near capacity so there is very little spare, kerbside space for any vehicles that are displaced from Coulgate Street. It is likely therefore that, since the majority of these vehicles are owned by commuters, many will change their commuting routes. The only comprehensive solution to the problems created by commuter parking is permit-only parking, by way of a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ). The Council intends to consult on a possible CPZ in Brockley during the Summer months of 2016.
Finally, yes we will be dropping kerbs at various locations to improve access for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Regards,
John Bishop
Senior Engineer
Lewisham Highways Team

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