The changes to Albemarle Road in Beckenham have created the anticipated traffic congestion problems. See photo below taken from a petition web site created to oppose the changes.
The changes included making Albemarle Road, a key east-west route between Bromley and Beckenham Junction, a one-way road with the introduction of a cycle lane and the banning of parking. Note that we submitted objections to these proposals when they were first announced in September – see this blog post for details: https://freedomfordrivers.blog/2020/09/20/bromley-council-experimental-traffic-orders-objections-submitted/
Albemarle Road worked very well as it was, but it is now the cause of greatly increased traffic congestion and massive inconvenience to local residents. The changes were introduced using Experimental Traffic Orders justified by the Covid-19 epidemic which makes no sense whatsoever.
Will it encourage cyclists to use this route? I doubt it because there was probably no problem with them using it before, and in any case any cyclist travelling eastwards would have hit a steep hill before getting to Bromley which may have deterred them anyway.
Send in your objections to ESD Traffic (Group) email@example.com to ensure this scheme is not made permanent.
And sign the petition here: http://chng.it/pTf7PTjqqN
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