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News and Comment November 2012

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26 November (Part 2) - Proud of themselves?

Before AfterDoes Andrew Bashford swell with pride every time he sees buses queuing in Belvedere awaiting a chance to squeeze by another coming in the opposite direction? Does Vinney Rey get a thrill from seeing the problems at Ruxley Roundabout caused by its design not being up to the job or a kick from preventing a resident in Blackfen from driving into his own garage because Rey put a traffic island in a silly place? Does Aurang Zeb rejoice at the traffic queues he created in Penhill Road? Maybe.

Bexley council seems to have particular problems with traffic islands, the vehicle blocking one in Blackfen is not unique. Those near bus stops often do the same whenever a bus stops and a new island in Bellegrove Road had to be redesigned immediately after it was installed because it blocked the right hand exit from Hill View Road. (Larger Before and After photographs.)

But that wasn’t enough. Moving and redesigning that Bellegrove Road traffic island to allow traffic to turn right out of Hill View Road made it too small to be a practical pedestrian refuge so it is all change again. Good to see we are getting our money’s worth out of that £4 million Parsons Brinckerhoff contract.

Parsons Brinckerhoff
The island is to be elongated with a gap in the middle for pushchairs and the like. Why didn’t they do that in the first place?

Note: From information supplied by a Welling resident.


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