Monday, 4 October 2010

Can Kidbrooke cope with an extra 2500 homes?

When the Ferrier Estate is finally demolished it will be replaced by over twice as many homes as currently stand there.

1900 old homes will be replaced by 4400 new homes. A huge increase.

In order to do this, a significant amount of Metropolitan Open Land will be concreted over and many new residents will have to live in far closer proximity than the old ones did.

New commercial sites are also proposed including a new supermarket and other shops by Kidbrooke station.

This will all put huge strains on an already crowded public transport network and has caused a lot of objections to the project.

To counter this a new train and bus station is planned at Kidbrooke as part of the development.

However, amidst the evidence submitted to the council, I found this neat summary of the deficiencies of our existing "transport hub"

  • “Poor” to “moderate” public transport accessibility
  • Poor permeability of the CPO Area, particularly for people with mobility impairments or prams
  • A lack of natural surveillance, where pedestrians may experience concern for their personal security and a fear of crime
  • A limited cycle network
  • Circuitous bus routes through the Ferrier Estate
  • Poor pedestrian access to bus stops and a lack of bus stop facilities
  • The unattractive Henley Cross bus turnaround area and its poor standard of integration with the railway station
  • Deficiencies identified by the Network Rail / London Borough of Greenwich Kidbrooke Station Capacity Study Draft Report (August 2006), including a lack of ticket gates and a narrow footbridge

So pretty dire then.

However, the plans for a new station could solve many of these problems.

Under the plans Henley's Cross bus exchange will be shifted south of the railway line and integrated both into the station and the estate.

There will be a new ticket office and the whole area will be raised to the same level to form a new "Kidbrooke Square"

Housing will surround both sides of the station, and the whole area should lose the intimidating ghost town feel it currently has.

But even if all of that is successful that still leaves an extra 2500 households using the same roads, and the same station on the same line, with the same number of trains.

So can Kidbrooke cope with such rapid growth over such a short period?

Please let me know what you think in the comments or get in touch.

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