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Bonkers Blog October 2014

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14 October (Part 1) - Town centre regeneration. One ends another starts

If Sidcup actually returns to normal this side of the new year, enjoy the borough’s comparative lack of traffic chaos while you can. Bexley council is planning for more disruption by the middle of 2015.

Road closedThe agenda for next week’s Places Scrutiny Committee reveals that Bexleyheath Broadway is to be dug up again. Not the newly refurbished bit but the section west of the badly engineered pinch point at Church Road. The work will continue until the end of 2015 and then Albion Road as far as Gravel Hill will come under fire. If all goes to plan that will continue for the whole of 2016.

Transport for London coughed up £3,576,000 for Broadway Phase I and another £3,280,000 is earmarked for Phase II but one way or another, its taxpayers who pay.

There cannot be much doubt that these regenerations improve the look of town centres but the disruption is massive and the road design often leaves a lot to be desired. With yellow line creep, junctions unnecessarily restricted to one lane and obstacles placed in the carriageway, Bexley becomes progressively more difficult to navigate.

Click image above for Bexley council’s Press Release on Broadway Phase II. (PDF)


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