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Traffic congestion at busy times

Reported via desktop in the Obstruction to Highway category anonymously at 12:14, Thursday 30 June 2022 using FixMyStreet Pro

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

Lennard road has been narrowed at this section following the recent cycle lane implementation. The narrower road would have been fine to allow 2 cars to pass had parking not been allowed on one side of the road. It is just ridiculous. Commuter cars are parked there all day forcing drivers to constantly give way as there is now only room for one car. At busy times the back up & congestion is awful. Please enforce parking restrictions here to alleviate the problem.

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  • Thank you for your report, this is now being investigated. Information on our services and the timeframes we aim to respond in can be found: fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 12:15, Thursday 30 June 2022

  • Our Traffic Team are continuing to investigate this reported concern.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:00, Monday 11 July 2022

  • Agree, this is causing problems and making matters more dangerous - you would need to impose more parking restrictions on this section or re-widen to two car width / each way traffic

    Posted anonymously at 09:37, Sunday 17 July 2022

  • Drivers turning left into Aldersmead are ignoring cyclists’ right of way who are using the new path and turning left or going ahead. If cyclists going ahead should use the road instead of the bike lane, they face cars coming towards them in the lane.

    Posted anonymously at 16:06, Tuesday 19 July 2022

  • Can you please give a time estimate of when this will be resolved - at peak times there is gridlock due to the parked cars & the resulting single lane

    Posted anonymously at 10:18, Tuesday 2 August 2022

  • Agreed with all other posters here: drivers aren't aware they are supposed to give way to cyclists crossing Aldersmead Rd and the lane design means that most cyclists passing West on Lennard's do not have a reason to use the lane: clearer markings for right of way and a drop kerb to allow cyclists to freely pass west on Lennard Road without stopping would help. Also, double yellow lines on the north side of the Lennard Rd would prevent nuisance car parking by commuters causing traffic delays.

    Posted anonymously at 12:37, Wednesday 3 August 2022

  • Thank you for raising your concern with us regarding the new road layout on Lennard Road between the entrances to Riverpool Walkway and the Harris’ Girls Academy.

    The newly introduced measures on Lennard Road are part of the Greenwich to Kent House cycling scheme. This scheme was implemented in 3 phases, the 1st phase was from Lower Sydenham Station to the Riverpool Walkway entrance on Kangley Bridge Road. The second phase of the scheme was from Aldersmead Road to Kent House Station which included the parallel crossing on King’s Hall Road.

    The measures recently introduced on Lennard Road and in Riverpool Walkway are part of the third phase of the Greenwich to Kent House cycling scheme which connect the two phases from Lower Sydenham Station to the Riverpool Walkway entrance on Kangley Bridge Road and from Aldersmead Road to Kent House Station.

    In regards to the crossing on Aldersmead Road, our contractors have recently installed a new surface across the carriageway where pedestrians will be crossing. The new surface will be used to make drivers aware of potential pedestrians crossing the road.

    Please note, we are currently working to introduce new measures to prevent vehicles from parking on the northern kerb of Lennard Road to help improve traffic flow. Also, we’ve been informed by the council’s contractors that they will install the belisha beacons soon.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:51, Tuesday 30 August 2022

  • Thank you for your report. This has been passed to the traffic engineering department for investigation and action if required.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:52, Tuesday 30 August 2022

  • I don't understand why this has been closed when there are still major congestions problems at busy times. Your update says you are "currently working to introduce new measures to prevent vehicles from parking on the northern kerb of Lennard Road to help improve traffic flow." Can we get an update on those measures?

    Posted anonymously at 21:38, Tuesday 13 September 2022

  • Completely agree this should be sorted by now. It was a complete waste of public funds - the problem for cyclists is further up Lennard road at newlands park end. Utterly bonkers. And now after creating this monster (I also tripped up and fell over whilst running as there are so many surface changes) all that is needed to stop the traffic congestion is to restrict the parking by painting some yellow lines. It was also a lovely looking street before, now it’s full of signs and visual monstrosity

    Posted anonymously at 08:57, Wednesday 14 September 2022

  • Now that the girls school is now open after summer the chaos caused at drop off times is horrendous. When will parking restrictions on the north side of Lennard Road be implemented before there is a serious accident which I fear will happen imminently. One can only assume that the highway planners who had the bright idea to introduce this project have absolutely zero knowledge of traffic flow & knock on problems. Get this fixed ASAP.

    Posted anonymously at 19:38, Wednesday 14 September 2022

  • A consultation will take place with residents of Lennard Road regarding possible changes to traffic management on Lennard Road. Once this consultation has taken place the results will be reviewed before a decision is made around the long term future of the road.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 09:52, Tuesday 20 September 2022

  • As a resident of Lennard Road how can I assure I hear about this consultation when it takes place? Do you have any information on when it might be. Weeks? Months?

    Posted anonymously at 18:48, Wednesday 21 September 2022

  • I see that you have failed to mention any timeframe in your extremely vague reply. Disappointed but pretty much expected when dealing with Bromley Council !! So while you conduct your “consultation” and “review” residents & road users will have to continue to suffer gridlock & delays on Lennard Road for the lengthy foreseeable future! Let’s hope there are no serious accidents/road injuries during this “very important” consultation & review period !!

    Posted anonymously at 10:15, Thursday 22 September 2022

  • A consultation letter has been delivered to residents on Lennard Road, between Reddons Road & Kings Hall Road. The statutory consultation period is 21 days.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 17:02, Monday 26 September 2022

  • Not sure what they need to be consulted about. Adding parking restrictions to Lennard Road north side wouldn’t impact residents who benefit from off street parking anyway. I’m pretty confident they would welcome such restrictions to ease traffic flow. The parking problem here is solely created by commuters. On top of which the current construction work happening at the Harris School is compounding problems. Vans & lorries are constantly blocking the road & are parking all day on the cycle lanes at Cator Park north side. All in all this is a prime example of a disastrous project implemented by the council with zero thought towards the obvious consequences.

    Posted anonymously at 17:55, Thursday 29 September 2022

  • Unfortunately it’s a statutory thing, so they have to consult. It would be better to reverse the whole thing, but I doubt that will happen. Someone’s head would have to roll for that to be admitted... Quickest solution is to let the consultation complete and be ready with the yellow paint to give drivers on both sides of the road their individual lanes back and a road to actually use again, for which we pay taxes for. At the moment if a car manages to be so lucky as to be able drive forwards and through the blockage, you then arrive suddenly at a pedestrian / cyclist crossing. Madness. So much better and safer before as you could clearly see the road, the cyclists and the children with a clear open road without visual white noise.

    Posted anonymously at 18:14, Thursday 29 September 2022

  • Since the last post from the Council on 26th September I have heard absolutely nothing back as regards an update follow resident consultation & measures to reduce the traffic congestion. At busy times the traffic backlog remains horrendous. A few weeks ago a lorry was unloading & completely blocked Lennard Road. Cars were forced to drive up the kerb onto the cycle lane to pass !!! Utterly ridiculous. When do you plan to take action to allow traffic to flow freely again ???

    Posted anonymously at 16:58, Monday 28 November 2022

  • I suggest we all email/write to our MP... seems the only way to get anyones attention

    Posted anonymously at 17:03, Monday 28 November 2022

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