Beckenham improvements work update week beginning 5 Feb 2018

Improvement Works Update courtesy of F M Conway, contractor for the works.

Completed and soon to be completed works:

• Conway is continuing to work on the area between the Yee Olde George Inn and Lidl. Kerbing is complete and the parking bays have been reinstated. Paving is being laid and it is hoped will be completed by the 8th February. Minor works are required outside one of the entrances to the George.

• Between Thornton’s Corner and 116 High Street the considerable drainage and parking bays have been completed. Paving will be completed to number 120 High Street by the end of the week. The cooperation of local businesses in this location has been welcomed. The Council will endeavour to open the parking bays at this location at the earliest opportunity.

• The first cycle stands have been installed at Albemarle Road junction and Beckenham Green.

Phase 4 works 116 to 132 High Street.

In addition to new kerbs and paving, this section of work will require substantial new drainage due to the history of flooding in the area and the construction of an improved bus stop with a shelter and passenger waiting space. (At present the current bus stop comprises a bus stop sign only; with passenger waiting space restricted to a narrow footpath without seating). During the works the bus stop will be temporarily relocated.
Works commencing week beginning the 5th February 2018.

• Excavation work for the foundations for the bus stop and kerb laying will be commenced.

The Project Programme
The project is still on programme and due to be completed at the end of the summer, subject to unforeseen problems. Some sections of work have been commenced or completed differently to the original programme. This has been in response to requests by the community, other council departments or Transport for London.

The completed scheme
Feedback from the community has revealed that there are some incorrect preconceptions about the scheme.

• The High Street will not be pedestrianised. Improvements will however greatly improve the pedestrian environment with wider pavements, improved lighting and more and better road crossings.

• After the improvements are complete the High Street will revert to two way traffic as prior to the improvements. The larger widenings such as the North-West corner of Thornton’s Corner have been designed to enable the largest road vehicles to comfortably navigate the corner in both directions. Changes to the vehicle stop lines and traffic signalling will enable vehicles to use the reduced road space with minimal impacts on traffic flows.

• No existing bus stops will be removed from the High Street. All bus stops will however be improved and will become fully disabled accessible. In order to create sufficient waiting space for passengers some bus stops will be located on what is the highway at present.

• The scheme will not introduce shared surfaces where the footway and road surface will be on the same level. Throughout the scheme a kerb will be retained between the pavement and the road and the pedestrian areas will be a traditional pavement above vehicular areas except at crossing places.

• Many of the parking spaces are inset into the paving (achieved by widening the paving not reducing it). They are flush with the pavement to avoid a trip hazard kerb.

Further information can be found at  here.

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