On Monday several sources reported that
the crazy Watling
Street bus stop featured on Friday
was being burned off. In its place three Pay by Phone parking bays have appeared
and a repositioned bus stop. The rearrangement is still stupid but maybe
marginally less so than before.
When traffic is queued to turn right into Erith Road and cars are occupying the new bays, large vehicles cannot pass. The green lorry (Photo 2) was stuck there until the lights changed and the tailback towards Broadway could have prevented that right turn and caused gridlock. Fortunately a gap had been left on this occasion.
At the other end of the double length bus stop the entrance to the Civic Offices’ Car Park has been made more dangerous than it need have been. On the other hand buses will need that length in order to pull in when the on street bays are occupied.
I waited for two buses to arrive to see how they might cope with Bexley’s new road hazards and whilst they were more frequent than I had anticipated, neither of them stopped.
When Bexley council announced that it planned to use CCTV to penalise motorists who might commit a minor misdemeanour they said their priority was to maintain traffic flow. I doubt any of you were fooled by that.