Traffic and Transport Local Issues


Over a number of years things have got progressively worse on our roads with considerable sums of money being spent on traffic schemes that actually make things worse. The following links apply to issues local to Slade Green and the surrounding areas and serve as an example.

Only one issue, out of the many undertaken, has now been resolved, that of Crayford High Street, although people had to put up with years and years of inconvenience, waiting for the Council to correct this obviously stupid error.

Much of the time it is a case of majority public viewpoint versus the Council's arrogance and 'deafness'. In the meantime, we can only try and make the best of what we consider to be incompetence and very poor management.

Spending public money on schemes that people do not want and do not agree with constitutes a blatant abuse of trust and yet appears to be typical of a mentality that runs throughout local authorities up and down the country!


Bexley Council's Traffic Planning Incompetence

Our various local authorities spend lots of our money on the roads. Not so much on some things as we may like and far too much on other things we don't like. We, the public don't ever get consulted or listened to, even if the authorities pretend to consult us, they don't actually listen. The bottom line being that the councils do what they like regardless. All we would ask is that when they spend our money, we get some value for money and improvement in the places where they spend it. However, all too often this is patently not the case. Much of what the authorities do decreases efficiency, is green unfriendly, increasing congestion and pollution and makes life more difficult for us.


All the schemes listed below have introduced problems that weren't originally there. All of the locations worked better before the implementation of these schemes. All are inefficient and green unfriendly and an unnecessary waste of money. Who makes the decisions to do this kind of thing?


  • Crayford High Street jw Watling Street & Crayford Road.
  • Two lane approach converted to a one lane apporach to accomodate rarely used bus lane. Halved junction efficiency and doubled congestion. Idiot traffic scheme. Took many years to put right and back to what it was.
  • Cost? Bexley Council say they no longer have that information.
  • Howbury Lane: Priority give way scheme.
  • Absolutely no need for this scheme as was pointed out to Bexley Council at the time. Causes serious congestion problems and inconvenience to traffic trying to get in and out of Slade Green. Higher congestion and pollution factor. Green unfriendly.
  • Roundabout Thames Road jw Howbury Lane: Traffic lights on roundabout.
  • Interrupts natural working of the roundabout. Causes log jamming due to articulated lorries blocking the roundabout when lights are red. Causes additional unnecessary stopping and starting. Time waster. Higher congestion and pollution factor. Green unfriendly.
  • Roundabout Thames Road jw Northend Road: Traffic lights on roundabout.
  • Interrupts natural working of the roundabout. Causes unnecessary stopping and starting. Causes log jamming due to articulated lorries blocking the roundabout when lights are red. Time waster. Higher congestion and pollution factor. Green unfriendly.
  • Northend Road jw Bridge Road: Junction modification + traffic lights.
  • No right turn into Slade Green. Four sets of additional lights on the dual carriageway to get into Slade Green which still takes you a mile out of your way. Now causes serious congestion problems getting out of Slade Green. Inefficient. Time waster. Green unfriendly. Done purely on behalf of the buses with absolutely no thought to people working and living or working on Slade Green or to through traffic. For us a complete waste of money (£950,000 with the scheme below).
  • Northend Road jw Colyers Lane: Junction modification + traffic lights.
  • No right turn into Colyers Lane. Has a higher congestion factor causes long tailbacks getting out of Colyers Lane. Causes interuption to traffic flow on dual carriageway. Time waster. Green unfriendly. Poorly thought out. Waste of money (£950,000 with the scheme above).
  • Ruxley Corner: Kerb extension.
  • Unnecessary. Makes it more difficult to merge. Waste of public money (£140,000).
  • Thomas Road: Access Blocked one way to Kennet Road.
  • Unnecessary. Forces people significantly out of their way. Inconvenient. Green unfriendly.
  • Appold Street: Access blocked one way to Kennet Road.
  • Unnecessary. Inconvenient. Congestion contributer. Green unfriendly.
  • Slade Green Road: Priority give way scheme.
  • Unnecessary. Causes unnecessary stopping and starting. Waste of public money.
  • Ray Lamb Way: Priority give way scheme.
  • Ray Lamb Way is now dotted with a series of priority give way schemes that cause significant inconvenience to everyone using the road. Unnecessary. Makes it more difficult. Waste of public money.
  • Bridge Road jw Slade Green Road: Mini roundabout.
  • This roundabout was installed as part of the traffic calming in Slade Green. Out of place and confusing priorities in this location it is an accident hazard. Unnecessary. Waste of public money.
  • Bridge Road jw Forrest Road: Mini roundabout.
  • This roundabout was installed as part of the traffic calming in Slade Green. Out of place and confusing priorities in this location it is an accident hazard. Unnecessary. Waste of public money.

Bridge Road Roundabout
A request to implement a roundabout at the junction of Bridge Road and Northend Road, so as to aid access in and out of Slade Green and reduce traffic on the minor residential roads in the community. As it stands residents, visitors and workers alike have to go exactly one mile out of their way to get onto Slade Green. This amounts to thousands of unnecessary miles every year! Sometimes having to sit in a half a mile traffic jam before being able to loop round the Larner Road roundabout.

This junction has now been modified by TFL at significant cost and months of inconvenience to both residents, workers and through traffic. The modification has been done simply to suit the bus drivers, who complained about having to go around the Thames Road roundabout and back. A problem compounded by the unnecessary additional traffic lighting on the roundabout, which causes the roundabout to clog up. Absolutely no consideration has been given to the thousands of people who live and work on Slade Green. They still have to go the extra mile out of their way down to Larner Road and back because there is still no right turn into Slade Green. A simple roundabout would have done the job for everyone, as we pointed out to Bexley Council in 2001. However, it seems that for those that manage our roads, this would have been was just a little too sensible!


Plantation Road
In this little dead-end back street alone we have had three traffic management issues where common sense and majority public opinion have been completely ignored and trodden down by our local authority to negative effect for the residents. Making life more difficult for the people whilst sticking one's fingers in one's ears should not be the goal of our local authority, who, as they arrogantly go about their business, seem to forget they are employed by the people to serve the people, not to walk all over them!


Pavement Parking Bexley Borough
Looking at the problems instituted by the poorly thought out footway parking ban enforced by Bexley Council to their monetary advantage. Despite what they say, their argument doesn't stand up and it appears more likely that this scheme was primarily engineered to just to make more money out of the public.


Slade Green Traffic Calming
Proposed Traffic Calming scheme for Slade Green.


Howbury Lane
Proposed priority give-way scheme and another pointless waste of money causing more inconvenience to the road user, more congestion, more pollution, more noise pollution and more vehicle wear and tear.


Crayford High Street
A request to restore the two lane approach down Crayford High Street, that is the hill as, since the Council changed it some years ago, congestion has been seriously compounded.


Bexley Council - Promoting Parking Piracy
It has become quite obvious in recent years that Bexley Council have adopted an underhanded policy of making more money through compounding and exploiting the parking difficulties people have. They have moved the goalposts and changed the rules to suit themselves in order to maximise exploitation by painting more and more double yellow lines and introducing a pavement parking ban, whilst at the same time have done absolutely nothing to improve parking in the so called 'hotspots'. They then send out their army of wardens and even smart cars to suck the money out of people.

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Bexley Council - Not Listening To You
Not listening to you. Not working for you!