Beckenham junction improvements underway
Published Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Work to reduce congestion and improve road safety at a busy junction is starting.
The 10 week project will see the High Street widened at the junction with Albemarle Road and Rectory Road. The road widening, on the Southend Road side of the High Street, will allow vehicles to more easily go straight ahead or turn left at the junction. The improvements will also improve road safety, with more room for HGVs to turn, making it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
“This welcomed improvement will have an impact on congestion and improve road safety too. The work is programmed for the traditionally quieter summer holiday period to keep disruption to a minimum. When complete, it will give much better access to the town centre which will make a positive contribution to Beckenham too” said a council spokesman.
As part of the work, motorists are being warned that for most of the duration of the work, right and left hand turns into Rectory Road and Albemarle Road from the Southend Road end of the High Street are banned. The temporary ban will be lifted when the scheme is complete, with workers effectively narrowing the road whilst they work on it and straight-ahead being the only option in the available lane, keeping traffic flowing.
The scheme will mean that the traffic lights will be upgraded, with new and re-aligned crossing points on each of the four arms of the junction.
Local residents and businesses had been informed about the work in advance of the official start date, with road signs also in place to advise motorists. Regular progress updates will be posted on our website, with the first few days of the work being to adjust the traffic signals in preparation for other work to commence.
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