Thursday 13 September 2001 9.26am
Thank you very much for taking time to respond to my query.
With regards possible solutions to the Bricklayer's Arms junction,
how about demolition of the flyover and have the traffic from the New
Kent Rd go underground to the Old Kent Rd? Surely this would free up
massive amounts of space on the surface which could be sold to developers,
allowing the recoup of some of the expenses incurred.
I, and many others believe that the area is blighted by this concrete monstrosity,
and the pedestrian subways are in an appalling state; smelly, grafitti ridden,
and a long-winded detour. The number of pedestrians jaywalking the junction
reflects the fact that people would rather risk their lives crossing 3 lanes
of traffic than use the existing pedestrian facilities. Installation of surface
level pedestrian crossings at each of the spurs off the roundabout sounds
like it would make things safer, but the real issue is that the flyover is an
ugly 1970's brutalist construction which is slap-bang in the middle of a
Furthermore, if the flyover relieves traffic pressure off the roundabout so
much, why has it been narrowed from 2 lanes to 1 lane over the last couple
I would like to know who to approach about getting some research done into
alternative traffic solutions at the Bricklayer's, as I'm sure it would
garner a lot of local support. Could you please refer me to the relevant
I would also like to make you aware that I shall be posting this email exchange
to the http://www.london-se1.co.uk/
community forums, as I am not the only
individual with opinions on the subject.