Catford station area improvements being “finalised”

Plans to alter streets around two Catford stations are set to begin “soon” according to Lewisham Council.

The project is set to see pavements widened beside both Catford and Catford Bridge stations. Developer contributions are footing the bill.

Originally the plan was to use £1.52m in Section 106 money to build a footbridge between Doggett Road and Barratt’s development on the former Catford Greyhound Stadium site. It was claimed that a new bridge would be too expensive with ramps or lifts for disabled access.

Overview of changes

This is a separate project to major work now under consultation to alter the town’s one-way system.

Another element is to revamp an underpass beneath the south circular. In time this will lead to many new homes planned on a retail park near both stations.

Courtesy Google. Retails park near stations covers river. Revamp set to reveal it again

Other ideas include decks across the river alongside a new station entrance.

However work around the station has been delayed and a question was asked at a Lewisham Council meeting last night.

In response, Lewisham Cllr Brenda Dacres replied:

“The project has been delayed while we explore the detailed feasibility of delivering the public realm improvements desired.

Wider pavements outside stations.

“This has required extensive engagement with stakeholders including the Environment Agency, Network Rail, South-eastern Rail, Barratts and Transport for London.

“Design work is anticipated being finalised in this year and subject to Planning consent being granted, procurement will be prioritised as early as is feasible in 2023-24, with construction to begin on site soon after.”

Note: This post was written before an incident today which saw a pedestrian hit by a lorry in the area.

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