Coming through Abbey Wood station at around six o’clock on the last two evenings I saw
the surrounding roads gridlocked. From the Knee Hill roundabout to the station and back up Florence Road it was a sea of red lights and the occasional horn blast.
The Florence Road traffic was going nowhere fast because it was blocked by the
Abbey Road traffic which was in turn blocked by drivers unable to turn right
into Wilton Road. It’s not a completely unknown phenomenon but two nights on the trot is unusual.
Probably it was due to people driving in from the Bexleyheath line while it is closed for nine days but it may be a foretaste of what will be an every day event once Crossrail becomes operational. Bexley Council has once again miscalculated the parking provision. There are just two authorised bays (four spaces) with a waiting time limited to five minutes. As Photo 1 below shows, it isn’t possible to get two cars into the bay nearest the station because of its poor design.
In December 2014 this situation was forecast on Bonkers and by The Murky Depths.
In the best traditions of Murphy's Law a special trip equipped with the camera this evening found traffic, bad though it might look, relatively light.