After many years of lobbying by residents and your local councillors, we can now confirm that work to install the new crossing on the Croydon Road, near the top of Hartfield Crescent, will commence on 6th November.
Transport for London (TfL) are also taking the opportunity to resurface the stretch of Croydon Road between Prestons Road and Baston Manor Road, so there will be short-term disruption.
The top of Hartfield Crescent will be closed from 6th November until 22nd December. Parts of Croydon Road itself will be closed during that period between the rush hours (9:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Saturday) and also between 8pm and 5am every night from 13th November to 4th December.
While this will cause inconvenience it will be worth the wait for residents and their children who will now be able to cross this major road in safety.
Following a number of meetings with your local councillors and residents in the West Wickham Common area, Transport for London (TfL) have prepared a number of options for providing a pedestrian crossing near the junction of Hartfield Crescent and the A232 Croydon Road.
There are two options favoured by TfL, both include the widening the top of Hartfield Crescent where it crosses the Common, both for highway safety reasons and to provide a formal pedestrian footway up to the Croydon Road and along the opposite side of that main road.
However, these options involve some degree of ‘land take’ from the Common, which is the responsibility of the City of London. At the City’s West Wickham Commons Consultative Committee in January, Cllr. Neil Reddin and representatives from the West Wickham Common Residents Association saw the plans and made various comments, all generally in favour of at least one or more of the options.
A decision to agree, or otherwise, the loss of common land must now be made by the City of London’s Epping Forest and Commons Committee on the 9th March. One point that was made at the consultative committee was that there have been other (rare) examples of such land take being permitted in the interests of road safety on other areas under the ownership of the City.
We have received some good news regarding the long campaign to improve safety for those crossing the A232 Croydon Road near Hartfield Crescent. TfL, as promised earlier this year, are about to begin traffic studies of this stretch of road with a view, hopefully, to bring forward some viable engineering solution(s). We and the Wickham Common Residents Association will continue to keep a close eye on matters.
A meeting was held this morning between your local councillors, representatives from the Wickham Common Residents’ Association, Transport for London, Bromley Council and the Corporation of London. This was a follow-up to a previous meeting a few weeks ago, but which hadn’t witnessed people crossing at the peak of the rush hour.
The promising news is that TfL have agreed to move forward with fresh traffic and pedestrian usage surveys; these will be the precursor to producing new engineering solutions to the problems of crossing this busy stretch of road.
The stretch of the A232 across Hayes and West Wickham Commons has been the focus of road safety concerns for many years. Following an accident last Spring near Hartfield Crescent, your ward councillors, together with the Wickham Common Residents’ Association, are looking again at what measures can be taken here.
With so many interested parties – including Transport for London and the Corporation of London – an answer that satisfies all will not be easy. However we hope to bring together the various bodies responsible in order to find a solution, which may involve new signage, revised speed limits or road surface changes.
(Unfortunately modern highway design regulations prevent a crossing being installed directly adjacent to the top of Hartfield Crescent, so other measures must be considered.)
Serving Hayes, Coney Hall, West Wickham Common and Hayesford Park