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London Bridge redevelopment - Traffic mayhem to come

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Thursday 20 October 2011 11.55pm
It looks like we can expect traffic mayhem across the Bermondsey Area when the London Bridge Station redevelopment starts.

The Bermondsey Neighbourhood Forum (which I'm involved with) has got Southwark Council to decode the pages and pages of information about traffic in Network Rail's planning application - which looks both problematic and delusional.

With roads closed around the station itself, Network Rail are trying to convince people that traffic travelling from west to east will go down Borough High Street, down Great Dover Street and then up Tower Bridge Road.

Apparently this traffic will want to go that way and not think about going down Long Lane (oh no!) - which the council says is 'not suitable for additional traffic'

The council's analysis is an interesting read. It's on the Bermondsey Neighbourhood Forum website at

I know people have mentioned problems with traffic on Long Lane before (eg

I'm worried that even if the traffic goes the way Network Rail says it will then it will make Great Dover Street hellish and Tower Bridge Road even more of a nightmare than it is at the moment.

For people who want more traffic info, the Forum has a broader analysis of how traffic is in the area at
Friday 21 October 2011 9.42pm
From the maps included in the council FAQ it's evident this project will affect the west of SE1 as well as Bermondsey.

For a start, eastbound traffic from Southwark Street will be diverted south via Southwark Bridge Road and Marshalsea Road before having to finding its way onward. That's the same stretch that has been carrying the London Bridge overspill during the Borough High Street closure - buses in particular.

The resultant Marshalsea Rd bottleneck clearly messed with the reliability of routes such as the 21. This time it'll presumably be the turn of the RV1 and 381.
Monday 24 October 2011 9.39am
I have probably read it before, but when is all this starting? and how long will it take to finish? sorry senior dozey moment!
Monday 24 October 2011 4.53pm
Jan the old one wrote:
when is all this starting? and how long will it take to finish?

If it is anything like the verdammt Crossrail Project, it's finishing will probably coincide with M. Sarkozy and Carla Bruni's newborn daughter's 100th. birthday.

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