Crofton Road proposed transport improvements scheme

Bromley Council is proposing to make a series of improvements on Crofton Road between Ormonde Avenue and Orpington Station in order to make it a more attractive route to walk and cycle along and to use the bus. This scheme is particularly important because increasing levels of walking and cycling and bus use, through the provision of the appropriate infrastructure, can contribute to reducing congestion on the borough’s roads, alongside delivering other health and environmental benefits. The project is therefore intended to allow residents to have a genuine choice of transport options and encourage them to make local trips to the station schools and shops on foot, by bike or by bus. 

Key elements

  • new and widened footways between Ormonde Avenue and Crofton Lane
  • the provision of physically segregated with flow cycle lanes between Crofton Lane and Orpington Station
  • new zebra crossings and refuges to give more and safer opportunities to cross with a particular emphasis on walking to school
  • enhancements to the local greenery along the route through the planting of a number of additional trees and low level vegetation

Download scheme drawings

Public exhibitions

There were two public exhibitions about the scheme

  • Wednesday 25 September at Orpington railway station between 4 and 8pm
  • Thursday 26 September at St. Paul’s Church Hall (at junction of Crofton Road and Oakwood Road) between 2.30 and 7pm

Have your say

The consultation closed  on Thursday 10 October, thank you to all those to contributed.

Consultation report

Download Crofton Road improvement scheme consultation report.

Frequently asked questions

I’ve heard that 21,000 cyclists use this route every day, is that correct? 

The 21k figure is the potential total number of cycle trips to Orpington town centre so could be realised in the longer term including a number of other routes into the town 

Why are you doing this on Crofton Road

Crofton Road has been identified as a road with a potentially high volume of switchable short trips from car to cycling and is within the top 5-10% of connectors for potential cycling trips in London.

Why is the money not being spent on other things like resurfacing roads and footways?

The money allocated for this project by Transport for London is ring fenced to be spent on projects such as this and cannot be spent, for example, on highway maintenance, although some resurfacing will be included as part of the scheme. This is not unique to local authorities as many businesses operate their different budgets in a similar way

No one cycles here so why spend this money on cycling?

There are already a number of local residents who cycle under the current conditions but it is important to emphasise that the project isn’t just about cycling and will offer significant benefits for pedestrians and bus users, too. Both walking, cycling and bus use offer potential to switch many short trips from cars, helping reduce congestion at peak times, improve personal health and air quality.

 I’m concerned about the safety of all this. Have you undertaken a risk assessment?

As part of the design process the scheme is subject to a two stage road safety audit process, plus two more audits once the scheme is completed. 

Will it be very disruptive to build?

There is likely to be some disruption during construction but we will seek to minimise this and access to driveways will be maintained. Every effort has been made to develop a high quality design that can be built minimising time on site. 

Will the scheme result in additional queues and congestion causing pollution?

There is no evidence to support this as the road is a single lane in each direction so no traffic lanes are being removed. Effectively, the scheme will result in the inside margin of the carriageway in each direction, the area not typically used by vehicular traffic, being formalised as a cycle lane. With regards to queues causing pollution, switching mode more than outweighs any detrimental effect of queues impacting on air quality, anyway, and because many modern vehicles now switch off automatically when stationary, this risk is further reduced.