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Bonkers Blog January 2019

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12 January - Transport issues

There will be a meeting of Bexley Council’s Transport Users’ Sub-Committee meeting next Wednesday, it may be moderately interesting and we will be given some rather out of date road accident statistics.

HeathrowWe shall also hear about cycling and bus services and rail services too if anyone from Southeastern or Network Rail bothers to turn up.

What we won’t hear about is aircraft and in particular the noise that they create.

Right now Heathrow airport is running a consultation about how their plans for more flights and in particular more early morning flights will affect residents. Their post code checker says mine will be affected and probably the whole of Bexley borough will be.

Maybe Bexley Council should make an official submission to the Heathrow consultation.


Bus shelter Bus shelterPerhaps Bexley Council should also be making a formal submission to Transport for London for being a major contributory factor in the Harrow Manorway flyover reconstruction not being completed on time.

Leaving aside that the job should have been finished last June Bexley Council eventually said it would be completed by Christmas, and then at the very last minute that it really would be done early in the New Year.

All this week no one has been working on the flyover and maybe it is not worthwhile doing anything until TfL finishes building their cheap and not very cheerful bus shelters.

These two photos were taken a whole month apart. In fact the last time the daily photo outings showed someone working there was 7th December.

Parking Two wayBeneath the flyover work progresses in Gayton Road although its mirror image to the north of the railway line, Felixstowe Road, has not yet been touched despite the originally planned start date being November 2017.

The work is nicely done and the design as far as one can tell will be a big improvement on what has gone before but locals are concerned by Gayton Road’s closure forecast for next month.

The plan is that the adjacent Wilton Road will temporarily be made two way. That should be interesting as vehicles attempt U-turns.

I put it to three Conway men engaged in an on-site meeting that as the block work in Gayton Road looks to be twice as long as the one at the end of Overton Road - which took five weeks - that we can expect a two month closure of Gayton Road. They nodded agreement.

Unfortunately they had no idea what would happen in Wilton Road when the exit from it was blocked, they appeared not to have thought about it.

If I had been quicker on the draw with my camera I could have pictured the scenes shown here three times last week. Wrong way driving happens most days.

 

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