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Work now underway on 600+ homes at Kidbrooke TfL site

Site of homes beside Kidbrooke station

Clearance work has begun in recent weeks and months on a site north of Kidbrooke station that will eventually see 619 new homes.

The site is part of a TfL joint project with Notting Hill Genesis. Approval was given on appeal in November 2019.

Kidbrooke Exchange plan

When combined with Berkeley Homes’ plan to the south of the railway line, Kidbrooke will see 6,000 new homes.

TfL scheme in background – Berkeley Homes in foreground

Not much time wasted getting underway on clearing the area though is currently suspended. Thanks to Tom Catterall for these images.

Site clearance

Bus stops here are to eventually be part of an “improved interchange”.

All change – before work begun

Meanwhile on the other side of the tracks a new station building has now seen signage installed.

New Kidbrooke station building

This station will lead onto a new square surrounded by housing blocks with commercial space at ground floor level:

New station and Sainsburys seen from square. The block on right is now at 10+ floor sin height

In the past I’ve speculated how appealing new homes built by TfL will really be. It’s beside a major junction on the A2 that TfL predict will see one of the greatest increases in traffic once Silvertown Tunnel opens.

Red dot next to this site on TfL traffic projections post Silvertown Tunnel

Currently there’s no grade separation here with Kidbrooke and northbound traffic held at red lights in turn.

Traffic leaving A2 to reach Kidbrooke must queue

With TfL themselves expecting 30 per cent more traffic southbound from east London after a new tunnel completes, how will this junction cope without substantial work? It’s far from impossible that could mean a new overpass constructed beside new flats to separate traffic along the lines of that seen in east Greenwich.

Living next to something like this becomes likely:

Overpass in east Greenwich

Probably not something that will appear on the sales brochure. Without grade separation how does that junction cope with growth? TfL need that growth to pay for the PFI contract taken to fund the tunnel.

It’s also worth noting TfL predicted a 30 per cent increase in traffic before increases of house building in the immediate area.

2 Comments

  1. Graham

    Thanks for the update, This may be with route 178 is currently no serving Henley Cross or Kidbrooke Station Forecoiurt and instead runs staright along Kidbrooke Park Road. .

  2. Graham

    *** Why route 178 *** sorry

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