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Bonkers Blog May 2019

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16 May - Gayton Road, open at last

Gayton Road Gayton RoadYesterday morning Wilton Road, Gayton Road and Florence Road in Abbey Wood, next door to the so called Crossrail station, reopened for traffic and the 244 bus reverted to its old route.

If you look at the first picture on this page you will see Bexley Council’s notice said that work would start on 1st October and take four months. October, November, December, January which is why there are 300 odd photographs in a folder named 02/0101. The 1st February.

The job is not finished yet but it surely cannot be too much longer.

It all looks pretty good, the 15+ promised trees have not materialised and I doubt they ever will. I will watch closely for movement on the right angle bends made of blocks sitting on compacted sand. Bus wheels are destructive.

Probably it’s only a matter of time before someone comes dashing down the station steps and doesn’t notice the road. It seems to be happening already.

My only complaint when there yesterday lunch time on a brilliant sunny day was the glare coming from the fresh white paving but chewing gum, beer stains, fag ends and rubber skid marks will soon fix that.

The gutters on the newly resurfaced Wilton Road are already full of detritus. One wonders where it comes from because Network Rail and Bexley Council have contrived to drive all the shoppers away.


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