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.
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.