Bromley Cyclists are the London Cycling Campaign branch for the London Borough of Bromley.
East Sydenham is changing
A key target of both the Mayor of London and the London Borough of Lewisham’s Transport Strategy is for 80% of all journeys in London to be made by sustainable means of transport (walking, cycling and public transport) by 2041. To achieve this, we have to create street environments where traffic is reduced, and where vulnerable road users, including children and the elderly, feel more comfortable making journeys on foot or by bike.
What are the issues are most important for us to address?
How would you like to change East Sydenham to make your area healthier, greener and more pleasant to live in?
The Copers Cope ward councillors have announced plans – which will shortly be out for public consultation – to address road safety issues around the junction of Foxgrove Road, Park Road, Southend Road and Beckenham Place Park.
The proposals would see a mini-roundabout installed at the junction, similar to the one currently in place at the Brackley Road / Southend Road junction.
According to the councillors, in order to make the scheme practical, Park Road will need to be closed at this junction.
This is on a popular cycling route, but also on a notorious Rat Run.
TfL are planning changes to the road layout on the A21 Tweedy Road at the junctions of Sherman Road, East Street and Mitchell Way in Bromley North, and are consulting.
Their plans form part of the Mayor of London’s long-term vision to encourage more Londoners to walk and cycle by making London’s streets healthier, safer and more welcoming.
By making these changes TfL aim to:
- Create a safer and more pleasant environment for cyclists and pedestrians with new, direct crossings and new traffic signals for cyclists
- Provide more space for buses leaving the bus stands at Bromley North so they can access bus stops more safely and easily, which would improve their reliability
- Update the street environment with resurfacing, new signage and refreshed road markings, to complement the public realm style of Bromley North village
The Local Implementation Plan (LIP) is a statutory document, required by the Greater London Authority Act 1999, which sets out how we intend to implement the Mayor's Transport Strategy (MTS) within the borough.
Each borough has to produce a Local Implementation Plan which must be approved by the Mayor.
We are consulting on our third Local Implementation Plan for Transport (LIP3). This sets out the borough's approach to transport, including our ambition to improve road safety and reduce road danger, and investment priorities for both the next three years as well as in the longer term to 2041 at a more strategic level.
Bromley's LIP3 sets out how the council will deliver and work with partners such as rail operators to deliver an efficient and high quality transport network that safely supports borough residents, visitors to the borough for work and leisure and the borough's economy.
Bromley's population is expected to increase, with the level of population growth presenting challenges for the borough's transport networks. If this growth in demand for travel were to be accompanied by an equal growth in car use, congestion would get worse, with slower journeys for residents and businesses and a probable deterioration in air quality. To accommodate the projected increase in demand for travel, we need to make the most efficient use of the capacity we have on our transport networks. Given this, the LIP3 outlines the borough's priorities, which include improving road safety by reducing collisions and casualties on the roads, making it easier to walk and choose to cycle, reducing congestion and working with partner organisations to deliver new public transport connectivity such as between the borough's main centres and for example Canary Wharf.
We are developing a Movement Plan that will set the direction for transport planning in Southwark over the next 20 years – this work will influence the roads you use, the routes you take and the places you spend time in. The Movement Plan takes a people-centred approach, putting the people that live in, work in, and visit the borough at the starting point of our journey. This places fairness at the core of our work
Current DfT consultations.
Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:
8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.
Objectives regarding Cycling:
• Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
• By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
From the DfT:
As part of the Transport Investment Strategy, the government committed to creating a Major Road Network (MRN).
This consultation asks for views on:
how to define the MRN
the role that local, regional and national bodies will play in the MRN investment programme
which schemes will be eligible for MRN funding
A new MRN would help deliver the following objectives:
support economic growth and rebalancing
support housing delivery
support all road users
support the Strategic Road Network
The creation of an MRN will allow for dedicated funding from the National Roads Fund to be used to improve this middle tier of our busiest and most economically important local authority ‘A’ roads.
The London Borough of Bromley, working with Transport for London, is proposing to
make a number of improvements between Lower Sydenham and Kent House to
contribute to the development of a Quietway cycle route between Greenwich and
Quietways are walking and cycling routes primarily on lightly trafficked back streets,
through parks and alongside waterways providing quieter routes away from main
roads designed to appeal, particularly, to new and inexperienced cyclists. They will
provide safe and attractive links to shops, stations, schools, workplaces and
destinations throughout London.
This particular route is from Greenwich to Kent House station and is an upgrade of
the existing National Cycle Network Route 21. The route will form part of the London
wide network of Quietways and Superhighways being developed jointly by London
Boroughs and Transport for London
At present The National Cycle Network Route 21 runs along Kangley Bridge Road,
however, due to the number of HGVs this can be an intimidating road for cyclists so
whilst already popular is likely to discourage significant increases in cycling. This
new route will upgrade the existing facilities for walking and cycling by providing a
shared path along the eastern side of the road achieved by widening the footway to
approximately 3.5m. Removing cyclists from the road will reduce the chance of
conflict between vehicles and cyclists.
The project will also seek to make Kangley Bridge Road a more attractive place to
use and work in as a result of new tree planting and formalised parking, the details of
which we are keen to establish in dialogue with stakeholders.
River Pool Path
It is proposed to widen River Pool Path between Lennard Road and the sharp 90
degree bend along the path, to make a better quality shared route for pedestrians
and cyclists. The wider path will enable the marking that currently segregates
pedestrians and cyclists to be removed as research shows fully shared paths to be
safer than segregated facilities for both pedestrians and cyclists. These
improvements will be accompanied by clear new signage denoting the shared
designation of the path.
It is proposed to replace the existing informal pedestrian crossing between River
Pool Path and Cator Park across Lennard Road with a new parallel zebra crossing.
This will enable pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross Lennard Road, improve the
link between River Pool Path and Cator Park and, thereby, improve the continuity of
the Quietway route by reducing the severance caused by the road.
The route uses the existing cycle path through Cator Park to provide cyclists with a
safe off-road route that will be more attractive than cycling on the road. To ensure
the route is safe and secure for use in the evenings, especially during the winter
months it is proposed to introduce solar powered wayfinding lighting along the
section of path. The lighting will be unobtrusive and have a minimal environmental
At the junction of Ringwold Close with Aldersmead Road, it is proposed to introduce
an informal pedestrian crossing to improve access to Cator Park including improving
visibility for those exiting Cator Park on foot or by bicycle
Kings Hall Road
At the junction of Kings Hall Road with Aldersmead Road it is proposed to replace
the existing refuge islands with new ones positioned in slightly revised locations to
make it easier for pedestrians to cross Kings Hall Road. The road markings will also
be revised to enable cyclists to safely turn from Aldersmead Road to Kings Hall
Kent House Station
It is proposed to widen a small section of the footway outside the station entrance, in
order to provide safe and convenient access to the station for cyclists using this
route and will provide an easy connection to the existing London Cycle Network
route which continues to Croydon from Kent House Station. It is also proposed to
improve the public realm at the station entrance with the introduction of trees and
Funding is also being sought to improve the quality and quantity of the cycle parking
provision at the station. This is currently very well utilised and demand for it is
expected to increase once the Quietway cycle route to the station has been
Please forgive me if I've mucked this up, I am not very experienced at this.
The London Borough of Bromley, working with Transport for London (TfL) is proposing to make a number of improvements to streets between Lower Sydenham and Bromley town centre to contribute to the development of a Quietway cycle route between Lower Sydenham and Bromley.
Quietways are walking and cycling routes primarily on lightly trafficked back streets, through parks and alongside waterways providing quieter routes away from main roads designed to appeal, particularly, to new and inexperienced cyclists. They will provide safe and attractive links to shops, stations, schools, workplaces and destinations throughout London.
This proposed route is from River Walk in the London Borough of Lewisham to Bromley town centre and will upgrade the section of the existing London Cycle Network route 27 between New Beckenham and Bromley town centre. The route will form part of a London wide network of Quietways and Superhighways being developed jointly by London Boroughs and TfL.
Worsley Bridge Road
The Quietway runs along Worsley Bridge Road which, due to the speed and volume of traffic, makes it an unattractive road to cycle on. We are therefore proposing to widen and convert the footway on the southern side of Worsley Bridge Road from the Junction of Copers Cope Road to the junction of South End Lane in Lewisham to a shared footway/cycleway.
This will provide a high quality facility for cyclists and pedestrians, providing access to Lower Sydenham Station. By providing a shared path cyclists do not need to mix with general traffic thereby improving safety for all road users. The scheme will also introduce a zebra crossing between Meadowview Road and Montana Gardens as well as upgrading the existing refuge at the junction with Copers Cope Road.
As the Quietway is required to cross Southend Road, we are proposing to install a Parallel Zebra Crossing for pedestrians and cyclists crossing between Park Road and Foxgrove Road. This crossing will also be of benefit to existing pedestrians, especially for children crossing the road on their way to school.
Ridley Road to Ravensbourne Road footpath
In order to provide a safe continuous cycle route it is proposed to allow cycling along the short section of footpath between Ridley Road and Ravensbourne Road, which will be permitted via a Cycle Track Order. Access to the path will be provided via a new dropped kerb at the end of Ridley Road with a new tree or planter installed leading to the path. Vegetation will be cut back to provide additional width for both pedestrians and cyclists and special sinusoidal speed humps for cyclists will be installed at the Ravensbourne Road end of the path to reduce the potential for cyclists to speed entering the shared area.
In order to allow cyclists to access Bromley South Station using the Quietway, it is proposed to allow contra-flow cycling on Ravensbourne Road, which would be achieved by exempting cyclists from the one-way restriction on the street through a combination of signs and markings. Cycle contra-flows provide more direct routes for cyclists and can allow them to avoid travelling on busy roads and are quite common across the UK with several already in place across the Borough.