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Bonkers Blog June 2013

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2 June (Part 2) - Urban clearway

The Broadway was open for two way traffic this morning just in time to be shut again for next Sunday’s Civic Parade. Maybe I was taken in by the magnificent artists’ impressions (†) but I find myself a little underwhelmed by it. What is the expenditure of £3·5 million supposed to do for Bexleyheath? Make it more attractive to shoppers presumably, but having seen that black expanse of fresh black tarmac pretty much devoid of traffic I couldn’t help thinking it looked rather like an airport runway stretching towards the distant Shooters Hill. Casual parkers won’t be too happy, I noticed four spaces for blue badge holders but the rest were loading only.

The demarcation between road and footpath leaves something to be desired - see photos five and six - and I imagine that in slippery conditions straddling the tarmac and the cobblestones will test anti-lock braking systems to their limits.

Maybe it’s not finished, but it isn’t clear what those bicycle markings are all about.

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Click any picture (and then the left/right arrows for more) for enlarged views.

Note: The Broadway is not an Urban Clearway as may be implied by the title, but it is a Restricted Parking Zone. Basically, if you have no Blue Badge, forget it and go somewhere else.
Compare the artists’ impressions with the photos above; the road is nothing like the same colour for a start.


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