July and August turned out to be the summer of roadworks. It started in early July with two water main bursts - on the South Circular, by West Dulwich Station, and Beckwith Road. Mid-July saw road works on the corner of Croxted and Park Hall Roads and the start of a Thames Water contract to replace old water mains in the southern part of College Road beyond the Tollgate – continuing through to October. At the end of July, the ‘Double Dutch’ roundabout scheme started at the top of Fountain Drive covering the junction between Crystal Place Parade and Sydenham Hill – this will go on until next February and have a major impact on traffic in the area.
And, at the time of writing, it seems very likely that work will be starting in early August on the alterations to the junction in Dulwich Village as part of the implementation of Quietway 7. They are ignoring the fact that the Lambeth section of the route will be going out again to public consultation and that TfL has been less than helpful in responding to the plans to redirect the foundation school coaches to relieve traffic congestion on Calton Avenue. Many residents who live near the junction suspect that the combination of reduced capacity at the junction and the continued running of the coaches down Calton Avenue will make traffic congestion in Dulwich much worse. One positive point is that they are likely to trial the junction first with a temporary cycle lane.
Another piece of good news is that TFL have started rethinking their removal of all the pedestrian guard rails along Dulwich Common and Thurlow Park Road, they have said that they will be putting some back outside the access to Belair Park. We can only hope they see sense elsewhere along the road.
More widely, Mayor Sadiq Khan is consulting on a new Transport Strategy for London covering the next 25 years. He has adopted what he calls a Healthy Streets Approach. The main features include policies to try and reduce motor traffic, more investment in public transport, particularly railways, and cleaning up London’s polluted air – by setting up an ultra-low emission zone extending southwards, possibly to the South Circular.