Brockley Cross improvement funding approved

This week, the Mayor of Lewisham approved plans to improve the road and pavement layout around Brockley Cross and along Brockley Road. The minutes of the Cabinet meeting on October 6th provide a summary of the plans:

At the 16 September 2009 Mayor and Cabinet meeting, £300k was a agreed for the design and first phase implementation of proposals for Brockley Cross and Brockley Road in 2010/11. It was reported that the 1st phase works were to make adjustments to the roundabouts at Brockley Cross in order to improve safety.

The second phase would be associated public realm improvements. The second phase also includes action along Brockley Road to address motorcycle casualties, and proposed access, cycling and waiting and loading improvements along the shopping parade south of the Cross.

Brockley Cross is a scar on the conscience of Lewisham, while the road deaths on Brockley Road have highlighted how dangerous the current layout is. While it won't transform Brockley Cross in to Elysium, this decision is incredibly good news from the Council.

With thanks to Robert for the story.

28 comments:

drakefell debaser said...

Fantastic, this area needs to be more pedestrain focused.

I hope the council will put up signs along the main roads that feed into the cross a few months before this work goes ahead to pre-warn motorists that their journey will be disrupted.

It would be awful to have to see all those people sat in their cars, alone, pulling their hair out and hooting furiously wandering why they are not going very far. And then repeating it all again the next day, ad infinitum.

head said...

Good news but yeah it will cause a lot of traffic problems, didn't BXAG work out that more traffic flows through the streets around BX in rush hour than flows along Lewisham Way?

Headhunter said...

That was me....

Tamsin said...

Dare I reiterate that this is where two district distributors meet and, if the design impacts on traffic flow, it can only be displaced into surrounding residential roads. And - the magic roundabout discussion again - the double roundabout has to be a more efficient way of getting traffic through the junction in the limited space available.

Brockley Nick said...

Tamsin, dare I reiterate that there are no road layout changes being planned?

The plan is to improve the pavements, make it easier to cross and improve the chaotic double roundabout system, not to redirect traffic in any way. I don't know why you are so convinced of the efficiency of that stupid double roundabout. It leads to cars jostling with one another, driver confusion and generally seems hopelessly inefficient, which is presumably one of the reasons why no where else in London has ever adopted it as a model.

Please god let them scrap the thing.

qbf said...

What will they actually be doing to the double roundabout?

God said...

I'm sending a winged angel of death (roads division) to deal with it.

Brockley Nick said...

Cheers god, you're alright.

mg said...

God, seeing as you'll be in the area, could you do something about the stupid bus lane between Breakspears Road and Brockley Station? It's apparently not actually wide enough for a bus, so every morning my bus sits contentedly in the traffic with the bus lane stretching empty into the distance and my blood pressure rising somewhat. Tvm.

Brockley Nick said...

@qbf - don't know. Possibly nothing. Possibly something.

If I had to guess, I'd say swapping it for a single roundabout.

The Devil said...

it will make no difference

Brockley Kiwi said...

Does anyone know if the pavement widening on the mantel rd is part of some master plan to tart up the west side if the station? Woohoo if it is but if not, it seems a bit pointless and a waste of money.

Brockley Kiwi said...

Does anyone know if the pavement widening on the mantel rd is part of some master plan to tart up the west side if the station? Woohoo if it is but if not, it seems a bit pointless and a waste of money.

Tamsin said...

Sorry, I didn't go back to the minutes but "adjustments to the roundabouts" does sound like it might be road layout changes.

Still, of God's involved the way things move will be very mysterious and the mills will grind exceding slow but wonders will be performed so all is sure to be well.

Unlike the M25 which - according to Neil Gaimon's Omens - is the way it is because diabolic intervention at the planning stage created it as some sigil of doom.

Brockley Nick said...

@Tamsin, well as I said, I have no idea whether they're making any changes at all to the roundabout, but I do know, that as we discussed last time, they have categorically stated that there will be no changes that have an impact upon the nature of the traffic flow in the area. No redirection, no reductions, etc.

They are just going to make it a slightly safer and nicer place to navigate on foot.

Tamsin said...

Certainly applaud that - can't say other since when it stops raining and/or I get my umbrella back and a bit more spare time I have made a public promise to walk that way!

Anonymous said...

er, it was glorious weather today...

Anonymous said...

Good news. Physical transformation of an area can be a real change agent and might tip the balance when new businesses contemplate moving to BX. Hope they change the double roundabout to a single one, and widen the pavements on the Brockley road.

Nux said...

@ Tamsin - ha! That character in Good Omens is exactly what I thought of when reading about the roundabouts - I can imagine him running out in the middle of the night and rearranging the road cones to ensure the double roundabout continues its job as a pulsing sigil of evil and despair...

Nux said...

That aside, I think the operative word here is W00t!

Tamsin said...

Sauntering gently downwards - must re-read it. Except I think my daughter has probably taken it away to college with her.

(and I don't work on Fridays - the other proviso is being able to spend an hour and a half commuting rather than twenty minutes)

Reg said...

I'm afraid that money isn't going to go far - at all. Do the pavements actually need replacing there? It seems that there are a lot of these uneccessary 'improvements' taking place. What's needed is a good head to head with the Council to put that money into a pot for real improvements. Stopping up Geoffrey road, and others, and driving the traffic along the B roads.

Unknown said...

Something also needs to be done about the zebra crossing near Brockley X. People love weaving around you when you are trying to cross or don't stop at all. A pelican crossing would be better (or a squadron of pigeons to leave messages on the main culprits).

Tommo said...

That zebra crossing is lethal. It doesn't help that a recently installed speed camera warning sign completely obscures the view of one of the flashing amber beacons for southbound traffic approaching the crossing.

tracy said...

I saw a 484 come round the roundabout at some speed the other day and it hit the roundabout and a bit came off the bus - so a real contribution to road safety!

BrockleyBiker said...

The other dangerous bit is the junction of Brockley Road and Cranfield Road. If you are emerging from Cranfield Road, you are often left hoping no one is coming to fast round the blind corner from the right, under the bridge. I am surprised there haven't been more accidents there.

Ed said...

Chapperstee and Tommo - I am a Tea Factory resident and have documented near misses and collision at that crossing on this site before; it has become a real bugbear of mine.

Although badly located (let's also remember that this is the only crossing at the junction meaning you have to run the gauntlet to cross any of other 3 main roads) I think poor visibility is a major issue which fairly limited spending could improve (signage, road markings and lighting).

I remain very cautiously optimistic.

Anonymous said...

If BX was Elysium we'd all be dead.

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