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24 November (Part 1) - Big changes afoot for those on foot

CrossrailCommuters at Abbey Wood saw their journey to work this morning slightly affected by the closure of the public walkways, but as almost all the bus passengers will have come from Thamesmead, basically all they did was drop down a different set of steps.

Bus passengers coming from the opposite direction have always got off two stops earlier; slightly further to walk but much quicker overall. Things may be different in the evening if those intending to catch a bus decide to cross the dual carriageway.

This morning few did but it was surprising how quickly the lights changed in the pedestrians’ favour when a second one arrived a little too late to catch the green.

The traffic queue frequently tailed back to the Knee Hill roundabout but didn’t ever get to block it, at least not around 08:50 when these photographs were taken.

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By one o’clock things had progressed a little…

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CrossrailMore warning signs, more pedestrian detours, more deliveries, the old bus shelter being made safe and a further reduction in opportunities for motorists to quickly drop off passengers by car. Not that the one in Photo 4 was quick. He was there when I arrived and he was still there when I headed for home.

It’s not only the walkways that will have to come down to make way for the realigned North Kent line, the house at the end of Florence Road must go too. Looks like it won’t be there for much longer.

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