Sidcup Town Area Renewal (STAR)
Following major public consultations and meetings in 2006 and 2007, the Council approved a package of traffic measures for the Sidcup Town Centre area in March 2008. Due to the size and complexity of the proposals being progressed, the scheme was split into three phases.
Phase 1 - Elm Road, Sidcup High Street/Rectory Lane junction, and some general improvements around the town centre.
Phase 2 - The area around Sidcup Station.
Phase 3 - Sidcup High Street and eastern end of Main Road.
Progress by Phase
This phase involved the removal of traffic signals at the Elm Road/Jenner Close/Carlton Road to be replaced with a mini-roundabout, the removal of traffic signals at the Chislehurst Road/Elm Road/The Green/The Park junction to be replaced with a priority working junction and raised table, the introduction of a mini-roundabout at the Sidcup High Street/Rectory Lane junction, and adjustments to the bus stop lay-by in Elm Road near Main Road.
The general improvement around the town centre included the removal of unnecessary signs, repainting of all street furniture to the adopted black colour scheme, refurbishment of the frontage to the library in Hadlow Road, introduction of new map-type notice boards and fingerpost direction signs, introduction of a new lighting and planting scheme for Nisbett Walk, and introduction of a new archway entry sign to the high street in Nisbett Walk.
The complete set of phase 1 measures were completed in April 2009.
Summary of Works Outstanding (updated 03/10/11):
All works have been completed in this area apart from a couple of bus shelters and rubbish bins. Bus shelters are to be provided at the bus stop just south of Longlands Road and at the relocated bus stop in Hatherley Crescent. These works are to be carried out shortly by Transport for London, but an exact date is not yet known. Once these are in position, bins will be provided for waiting passengers in locations where they will not obstruct the footways or cause problems with the bus shelters.
This phase includes the introduction of a mini-roundabout at the Sidcup High Street/Church Road junction and will consider general improvements to the high street environment, although no formal proposals have been prepared.
Sidcup High Street/Church Road - the existing traffic signals have been removed and replaced with a mini-roundabout, with the road width of Sidcup High Street will be increased slightly on the St Johns Road side for westbound traffic. Pedestrian crossing movements are now catered for by means of zebra crossings on each arm of the roundabout. The zebra crossings and street lighting final changes will be made week commencing 27 February, with the paving to the northern side installed once the hoarding for the development site has been removed. Use the link on the right to view a copy of the basic layout plan for the mini-roundabout and a letter with details of how it was to be constructed and traffic controlled during this time.
NOTE: Whilst the Council's works are virtually complete, part of the road in Church Road has sunk and requires urgent repair by Thames Water. At this time it is not known the full extent of their problem or how long it will take to resolve. Until this repair has been done, Church Road cannot be re-opened. (20/02/12)
Sidcup High Street and Main Road - proposals for this route through the shopping area are still being developed but are likely to include adjustments to kerb lines to improve footway space and bus stop areas, alterations to the side roads to control entry and exit movements, adjustments traffic signal timings, and rationalising of street furniture. (bollards, lamp columns, etc). More details on the proposed improvements to this phase will be posted here when they become available.