Lewisham Roundabout gone for good

Lewisham Roundabout - an efficient way to process traffic and separate Lewisham shopping centre from its main transport interchange is gone forever

This weekend, a new road layout came into effect in central Lewisham, replacing the main roundabout with something more complicated:

The new system will allow work on the Gateway project to continue and will remain in place for the rest of the year. The final road configuration will be created next year.

Meanwhile, a warning to pedestrians - don't do what Brockley Central did tonight and try to find a short cut while trying to get from Lewisham town centre to Loampit Vale. There is no way back on to the pavement - you'll be forced out on to the road system.

29 comments:

Janet Margaret Davis said...

It's already taking forever to get to Lewisham on the bus and it's a nightmare. We don't need anymore hold ups....

Mike Acord said...

Well it looks like you've got one.

Lep Recorn said...

Looks like a bigger roundabout to me??

glenn said...

The round about was inefficient. Hopefully we will finally see the route between Lewisham station and the high street open up.

I used the new layout twice today (the first Sunday) and it was fine, actually a bit better being larger, although some people don't know how to tuse a roundabout no matter what size. I hope people think that progress can mean temporary disruption and that we don't have moaning headlines for two years. Lewisham is changing at last!

PVP said...

Dare I say it... a gyratory?

Brockley Jon said...

Indeed. Does it have traffic lights at each point ala Catford, I wonder?

Woman of Brockley said...

If you live in SE4 and don't have any mobility problems, you could try walking down to Lewisham. Good exercise and probably about the same time as the bus.

Janet Margaret Davis said...

If I lived in Brockley I wouldn't have written my comment

Janet Margaret Davis said...

Sarcasm is not needed but a solution is and I mean now and not next year

Anne Oyingtwat said...

Sorry this is the brockley central blogspot - the non brockley dwelling Lewisham commuter blogspot is down the hall

Janet Margaret Davis said...

hahahahahahahahaha you are so funny - NOT! Your comment is stupid, uncalled for and small minded.......and...........because I NO LONGER live in Brockley I need approval to stay in this group? Please direct me to the "Permisson Needed" section. Thank you.

Janet Margaret Davis said...

It's probably going to be another stone monstrosity like the one at the other end of Lewisham which has weeds growing out of it.

FSC said...

No quick fix for this. To build a better world, sometimes mean tearing the old one down.

Janet Margaret Davis said...

Lewisham is now a concrete jungle. The government wanted all the tower blocks demolished to replace them with houses and gardens (New Cross) and now what are they doing? Building even more tower blocks! The old Lewisham in the 70s was the place to live but The Odeon, Studio 6&7, the little shops on the parade and everything else have gone and now what do we have? Chaos!

Local said...

Its not such a big problem it flows much better than before!

another local said...

The previous roundabout was hideous. In my experience very few people entering it knew how to use it (indicators/ correct lane usage anyone?) and most of the time it was overloaded. As a cyclist it was even more grim. It remains to be seen whether the new temporary layout will be any better, or the final structure but if either of these are worse it will be an impressive piece of work!

Headhunter said...

Yes it's pretty scary as a cyclist. I'm pretty confident on my bike but that roundabout ain't pleasant. Coming from Lewisham High St heading towards Loampit Vale can be difficult. Drivers turning left from Molesworth St into Loampit often seem to more or less put their fingers in their ears, close their eyes and chant "la-la-la...", many of them simply keep on driving whatever is coming round the roundabout.....

DT said...

The problem with knocking tower blocks down and making houses is that you need to allow the green belt to be built on. Also, Tower blocks are a good use of land.

Pickering said...

Came through around 4.45, absolute nightmare and dangerous. Why can't they just put temporary lights to regulate the flow of traffic.

Louis Sham said...

Er relax it was meant to be a stupid comment! Maybe avoiding riding buses to the godforsaken Sham will help

The other Brockley nick said...

Superb comments from Janet on this thread

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I understand this is a temporary arrangement, but to my mind it looks better than the final solution proposed. As for me I haven't been into Lewisham Centre for about 5 years and see no point in doing so. All the council's efforts are for nought in my case. Open a Cinema I might be tempted back.

Janet Margaret Davis said...

Tower blocks are an eyesore and nothing else. I lived in one of those that were knocked down in New Cross for five years and I will never live in another one as long as I live, they're nothing but concrete boxes.

Janet Margaret Davis said...

Agreed and one must move with the times, but move to the advantage of the people

Janet Margaret Davis said...

Er relax it was meant to be a serious comment...and maybe you should REALLY stop making dumb comments re avoiding riding buses.....

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

The Odeon was shut by the time I moved into the area - riddled with Asbestos I was told - but I got the tail end of Studios 6 & 7. Went once came out covered in red bites all up my legs. Really lived up to the name flea pit.......

Monkeyboy said...

yeah but they were HONEST LOCAL FLEAS!

Janet Margaret Davis said...

It definitely is a bigger roundabout!!!

snoop said...

its still a roundabout isn't it? just a bigger and more complicated one. with solid lines delineating the lanes. that are ignored by people who ended up in the wrong lane somehow. and those who never cared about the rules anyway. what exactly is the 'final solution' and once they reach it, will it be about time to start digging it up again?

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