Eight-week long improvement works to Blackfen town centre begin in two weeks
PUBLISHED: 11:35 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:29 14 June 2017
Diversions will be put in place so public can still access businesses
Bexley council has announced that work to improvement works in Blackfen town centre will begin on June 26.
The work, which has been funded by Transport for London as part of Bexley’s Local Implementation Plan (LIP) allocation, will take place along Gloucester Parade and the junction of Blackfen Road and Days Lane, and aims to regenerate the shopping area by improving the existing layout, and increasing public access.
Linda Bailey, Bexley’c cabinet member for regeneration and growth, said: “This is good news for those living and working in Blackfen. We want the local communtiy to benefit from the increased trade that this will bring to the area.”
The improvements are expected to take eight weeks and will include repaving and resuracing land along Gloucester Parade.
Trees will be planted, and the public space will be opened up to improve pedestrian visibility and “maximise security”.
The service road in front of the shops on Gloucester Parade will be closed throughout the works with no parking available. Once this area re-opens regularised parking will be introduced which the council hopes will create regular turnover of spaces.
In mid-July, towards the end of the works, Days Lane will be partially closed which will prevent southbound access from Blackfen Road.
Northbound traffic along Days Lane will be unaffected, and there will be signed diversions for southbound traffic.
The phased works mean that some footpaths may be partially closed during the works however alternative arrangements will be in place for pedestrians. Access to local businesses and amenities will be maintained, with all businesses open as usual.
A council spokesperson added: “We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that may result during the improvement work. The team can be contacted on 020 8303 7777 if there are any issues. Please ask to speak with a member of Engineering Services, or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Funding from the LIP allocation is granted under five programmes, including, prinipal road maintenance, bridge strengthening, corridors, neighbouthoods and supporting measures, traffic signal modernisation for sites on borough roads, and major schemes.