Traffic and public space improvements started in Sidcup High Street on 20 January and were completed in November 2014.
The improvements formed part of a package of measures for Sidcup town centre to enhance its appearance and support businesses, all of which are aimed at attracting people to the town centre with a better shopping experience both visually and through shopping choice. The road elements of this project were formerly known as the Sidcup Town Area Renewal (STAR).
The information below outlines the changes that took place and information regarding the necessary traffic diversions that were used to enable them to be introduced safely and as quickly as possible. A copy of the STAR P3 Information and Bus route changes in Sidcup is available as a PDF under related downloads.
Please see the Sidcup Regeneration FAQ's under related downloads to view common questions and answers on this scheme.
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The general street environment for the central section of Sidcup High Street (Station Road to Church Road) needed to receive a major uplift, aimed at resolving concerns over bus stop positions, improving pedestrian crossing facilities, and enhancing the overall street environment by reducing clutter, planting trees, and providing local places to sit/enjoy the town centre and hold occasional markets/events. The busy pedestrian route along Nisbett Walk was repaved, with better access being provided to/from the superstore car park, and a more pedestrian-friendly paved area at its connection with the high street. The design was developed in co-ordination with the Council's appointed design consultants working on a Sidcup Design and Identity Guide project for the wider town centre retail environment.
An information leaflet was distributed to the businesses and residents of the area, to show them the design and outline some of the key elements. A copy of the information leaflet and plan of the design for this central section is available as a PDF under related downloads.
The improvements were funded by both Transport for London (TfL) and the Greater London Authority (GLA). As further funding becomes available, other areas of the high street may be developed and introduced.
Other initiatives were progressed for the town centre, which included the Outer London Fund (Round 2) project by the GLA aimed at helping increase the vibrancy and growth of high street places across London. Together with this Outer London Fund and Council funding, it provided Sidcup with £1.8m of investment over the two year period to March 2014. Part of this has gone towards the In Store for Sidcup package of projects to transform Sidcup High Street. It included the Street Design and Identity Guide to achieve a consistent approach to the design of streets and shop fronts, as well as grants and help/advice for businesses.
Programme of works and temporary traffic controls
A leaflet showing maps of the planned traffic diversions, road closures and one-ways was distributed around the town centre area in December, and a follow up leaflet in January, just prior to them being introduced and works starting. Please see Sidcup Improvements leaflet available as a PDF under related downloads.
To allow the improvements to be introduced whilst still allowing pedestrians to move around easily and business to remain open, a one-way system was introduced along Sidcup High Street for the duration of the works. In addition, for some of the time, the entrances to Hatherley Road and Hadlow Road were closed to vehicles. This one way was introduced a few weeks ahead of the main works to enable vital preliminary works to take place, such as the removal of bus shelters, new lighting columns, ducting for electrical connections, and trail holes for tree pits and to ascertain exact locations of underground services. Doing this ahead of the main works avoided the need for new paving to be dug up for the electrical connections to be made by UK Power Networks, and to finalise elements of the design around obstructions underground.
Throughout the works, the main diversion route for eastbound traffic was via Elm Road and The Green/Church Road; both of which remained as two-way roads. Bus routes 51, 233, 321, 492, and R11 followed this diversion.
Stage 1 (20 January to 15 May 2014)
Sidcup High Street was temporarily been made one-way in a westbound direction, running from the junction of Church Road (mini-roundabout) to its junction with Station Road/Elm Road (traffic signals). Hadlow Road was closed at the junction with the high street for a period of approximately sixteen weeks, and the remainder of Hadlow Road temporarily two-way to allow access to/from all properties and parking bays along the road.
Stage 2 (Mon 19 May to July)
This followed on from Stage 1.
Sidcup High Street remained one-way. Hadlow Road was re-opened and returned to its normal one-way working.
Hatherley Road was closed at the junction with the high street for a period of approximately seven weeks, and the section between the closure and Granville Road temporarily become two-way to allow access to/from all properties and parking bays along the road.
Stage 3 (July - November 2014)
Sidcup High Street remained one-way westbound over the shorter distance, between Hadlow Road and its junction with Station Road/Elm Road. Hatherley Road was reopened and returned to its normal one-way working.
The works were completed sufficiently in October 2014 for Sidcup High Street to return to two-way working. The majority of the final elements were completed by November 2014.
Should you have any comments or queries regarding this scheme or the traffic controls outlined above, please see the Sidcup Regeneration FAQs available as a PDF under related downloads. If you cannot find the answer there, contact Sidcup Regeneration which will enable us to direct your queries to the correct team/officer, and you will get a prompt reply.
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