I am still receiving a lot of correspondence from residents about the Brighton Road Corridor Cycle Scheme which has involved many changes between Whitgift School and Purley including the removal of pedestrian islands which are now making it more difficult for pedestrians to cross the road, the reconfiguring of junctions at the bottom of Sanderstead Road and Brighton Road that now make it more difficult for larger vehicles to manoeuvre and the narrowing of road space for motorised vehicles which is causing queues especially at the Christchurch Road junction.
When the changes were initially proposed, local councillors expressed their concerns and as the changes are implemented, it seems that our concerned predictions are indeed coming to pass. Just this week I have seen several near-misses where bikes and mopeds have almost hit pedestrians on the zebra crossing close to Sanderstead Road and I am hearing concerns about the loss of a crossing point near Capella court. Residents are unable to comment formally until the consultation commences.
I have requested a progress update and information about the consultation and have received the following today:
The current programme for completing the works and the Experimental Traffic Orders going live is 27 July.
The lining works for the entire scheme should be complete by 9th July, subject to final roadspace approvals and liaison with TfL for the junction with Montpelier Road.
Do look out for updates on the consultation so we can insure that all your thoughts are taken into account.