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Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Transport, London Borough of Bexley

PUBLISHED: 17:17 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:33 25 August 2010

Bexley s Cabinet has approved a package of measures to improve traffic flow through Sidcup, after an 18 month project looking at ways to improve the gridlock.

Bexley's Cabinet has approved a package of measures to improve traffic flow through Sidcup, after an 18 month project looking at ways to improve the gridlock.

It follows from the commitment given in Bexley Conservatives manifesto for the local election - it was only Conservative candidates across Sidcup who said we address this issue.

The main route between Sidcup station and the A20 is one of the busiest in Bexley but we were not interested in just sitting around moaning, we wanted to do something about it. We have looked at all of Sidcup strategically, not just different parts in isolation, nor have we got bogged down in arguments about the past, we are interested in the future of Sidcup.

I chaired two public meetings, attended by more than 400 people, to hear what local residents thought before we did anything else. Along with a further 200 letters it produced some really good ideas. A major traffic survey showed that there was often four times as much traffic going north-south than east-west. It was clear that people felt there are too many traffic lights in a short distance and we intend to remove two sets of lights along Elm Road, replacing one set with a new mini-roundabout at Jenner Close, and we propose to redesign the junction of Station Road and Longlands Road, and link up the traffic lights there with the ones at Halfway Street and Hurst Road - they currently have no relation which explains why queues build up quickly.

Overall, the measures approved will greatly improve traffic flow, reducing the number of traffic lights and linking up the ones that stay so they work together.

I would like to thank the council staff who have worked hard over the last 18 months to bring these measures to reality.

Now the cabinet has approved the measures, we will begin work on implementing them over the coming months.

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