Thursday 4 January 2018 1.30pm
I'm beginning to suspect it won't reopen to Eastbound traffic. The number of roads in SE1 which are either closed or made one-way during building works that have never been reopened is growing constantly. Also, I seem to remember a post on here a while back about a dedicated cycle lane being installed in Tooley Street
, in which case perhaps it was always the intention to retain one-way traffic. I could very well be wrong on this point though.
I think the cycle lane proposal was for Tooley Street
east of Tower Bridge Road
. The original notices about the closure of Tooley Street
eastbound referred to reopening in May or June 2018. (Which I think is about when the station becomes fully operational with Thameslink services running through again.)
But what is happening to St Thomas Street
? They laid it out with the new traffic signs and road markings (two-way traffic to west of the new station entrance, westbound only east of the entrance), but never reopened the eastern stretch, then allowed someone to dig a trench down the middle obliterating the road markings, and it's still closed. The western end is a dead end with inadequate space for turning traffic, and closed off whenever the contractors on the adjacent building site feel like it. Presumably nothing to do with the railway works since they finished the south side of the station ages ago.