Improvements to the south end of the high street were carried out a few years ago with money from the Mayor of London's Outer London fund, and because this fund had a wider scope, the bid also included money for other improvements such as the shopfronts that were jazzed up, and to support the development of the 'food market' which was such a painful flop.
There's none of that fluffy stuff with the TFL funding that's being used for the north end - it's all got to be tangible stuff that makes the street a more pleasant, and safer place for pedestrians and cyclists in particular. But it's not all about getting rid of trip hazards and putting some seats in - there will be some kind of arty lighting installation under the railway bridge designed by light artist Peter Freeman. There's also going to be a few new trees, although not very many, and some new paving with words carved in it on the approach to St Paul's church.
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There will be a ban on right turns out of the high street into Evelyn Street, and into the high street by Greenwich-bound traffic on Evelyn Street; there will be no left turn out of Frankham Street into Giffin Street to prevent traffic rat-running through before the lights; there will be a ban on lorries of more than 7.5t turning into Giffin Street from Deptford Church Street, and there will be a new chicane on Giffin Street outside the former HSBC Bank with priority to eastbound vehicles.
Footways will be widened with parking bays set into them; consequently the highway will be much narrower which should in theory slow traffic down. If you've lived here any length of time you'll be aware that theory doesn't always apply in Deptford, especially when it comes to the highway code. Let's hope that in this case it might.
The main aims of the work are:
- Improved wider footways
- Connection with future proposed crossing improvements at the junction with Evelyn Street to provide a safe, attractive and direct route between the river and the High Street.
- Trees and seating to the Evelyn Street junction.
- Creation of a pedestrian and cycle friendly environment that caters for the expected increase in people using the street.
- Traffic calming measures.
- Improvements to parking provision and improvements for Blue Badge holders.
- Introduction of a new taxi rank below the railway bridge to serve the High Street and Deptford Station.
- Artistic lighting under the railway bridge.
- Enhanced design retention of heritage elements at the St Paul’s and Crossfield St junction.
You can download the details from the council's website here or there are plans on show in the Deptford Lounge at the moment - although I'm not sure how long for.