Changes to services on the Hayes Line from 2022

The Southeastern franchise for rail services in south east London is subject to re-tender in 2019, for services starting in 2022. As part of the tender process, the Department for Transport is requiring tenderers to bid for the Hayes Lines, which will involve changes to current services. There will still be four trains an hour on this line but trains will no longer go direct to Cannon Street, but a new twice hourly service will be started to London Victoria. Charing Cross services would not stop at Lewisham. Victoria services would stop at Lewisham and then at Nunhead, Peckham and Denmark Hill. This would be useful for people needing to visit Kings Hospital.

We are not aware of any consultations about this change. DfT claim that the Cannon Street route is poorly used. It may well be that local people would prefer a direct route to Victoria instead, including better access to Kings.

Beckenham High Street Improvements Update

Work for week commencing 22 January 2018 from Conway and LB Bromley

Beckenham Improvements work update

  • The High Street has now reverted back to one directional traffic north from Village Way to Beckenham Junction similar to prior the Christmas break. TFL have confirmed that information will be displayed on the bus stops accordingly. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/TempBusChanges
  • Conway is continuing to work on the area between the Yee Olde George Inn and Lidl. Excavation works have been completed and the concrete foundations have been laid. The laying of new kerbs will commence next week. It is estimated that that works will take 3 further weeks subject to unanticipated problems.
  • Between Thornton’s Corner and 116 High Street (on the other side of the road). The considerable drainage required for this area due to its history of flooding has been completed in the first section. The concrete foundations for the parking bays have been commenced. Kerbing has commenced. Next week paving will commence on the kerb side.

Due to the nature of the works this is likely to take a further 4 weeks subject to any unanticipated problems. It is a particularly difficult area requiring underground infrastructures that not required elsewhere in the scheme. In order for the works to be completed as soon as possible the cooperation of local businesses would be welcomed. It should be remembered that the area is a building site and like any building site there will be disruption during works.

  • Car parking spaces in this location will have to be suspended during works for operational reasons. Conway and the Council are committed to maintaining as much car parking as possible during works. Parking spaces will therefore not be suspended other than for necessary operational reasons.

For Reference

Unfortunately Thames Water will be continuing works outside Kelsey Square until the 2nd February. These works have no connection to the improvement scheme.

Outside of Beckenham Town Centre other Council departments may carry out essential works such as tree pruning or safety improvements to paving. These works are frequently carried by other contractors and not Conway. The project team therefore cannot be aware of all activities in the Beckenham area.

 

Beckenham High Street Improvements Update

Work for week commencing 15 January 2018.

  • The High Street has now reverted back to one directional traffic north from Village Way to Beckenham Junction similar to prior the Christmas break. TFL have confirmed that information will be displayed on the bus stops accordingly. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/TempBusChanges
  • Conway is currently working on the area between Yee Olde George Inn and Lidl. Works will comprise the removal and reinstatement of kerbing and changes to underground services. These works were originally programmed for November 2017 but have been delayed as resources were concentrated on Beckenham Green to ensure the completion of works for the community events held on the Green at the start of December. It is estimated that that works will take 4 weeks as there will be drainage works and the construction of parking bays
  • Between Thornton’s Corner and 116 High Street, on the opposite side of the street to Kelsey House, works will be undertaken in preparation for the installation of the considerable drainage required for this area historically subject to flooding. Due to the nature of the works this is likely to take 5 weeks subject to any unanticipated problems.
  • Car parking spaces in this location will have to be suspended during works for operational reasons. Conway and the Council are committed to maintaining as much car parking possible during works. Parking spaces will therefore not be suspended other than for necessary operational reasons.

Unfortunately Thames Water will be continuing works outside Kelsey Square until the 2nd February. These works have no connection to the improvement scheme. Outside of Beckenham Town Centre other Council departments may carry out essential works such as tree pruning or safety improvements to paving. These works are frequently carried by other contractors and not Conway. The project team therefore cannot be aware of all activities in the Beckenham area.

Beckenham High Street Improvements

From today, 8 January, the work to improve Beckenham High Street should re-commence. Buses will again be diverted along previous diversion routes. More details to follow if information is received from LB Bromley and Conway.

Campaign for Pedestrian crossing on Village way

Village Way and cut through to Kelsey Way

The long running campaign for a pedestrian crossing on Village Way to facilitate children crossing to Harris Academy Beckenham may yet prove successful. Despite multiple collisions, Bromley’s road traffic engineers haven’t considered the road dangerous enough to merit any intervention. Following the death of a motorcyclist in November, a roadside parent and teacher protest, and the support of Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon (Chair of the Greater London Assembly’s transport committee) Bromley Council has  bowed to pressure. The Bromley News Shopper (6h December) reports that “Following an analysis of the police and coronary reports the Council will be reassessing road safety on Village Way potentially with a  view to introduce traffic calming measures”. Belisha Beacons may still be out of sight, but the Council’s gear shift is an encouraging sign.