Lewisham Gateway: changes bed in

Saturday’s big changes to bus routes terminating at Lewisham station certainly caused consternation for unsuspecting passengers – Clay Harris reports:

Mind you, according to a comment left on my original post today, it wasn’t just the bus passengers who didn’t know the changes were coming at the weekend:

I’m a bus driver terminating at Lewisham and we found out at the weekend. No proper documentation given to us, just notices on our information board.

Neighbouring MP Heidi Alexander seems to have kicked things into life on the communications front – after sharing my blog post, she tweeted this:

Today, Lewisham Council responded:

Great news, and sure enough their page has been updated and is a lot clearer and more current than before. Let’s hope the developers follow suit: at time of writing they still haven’t tweeted anything for 319 days…

On the ground

Alighting point - bus stop E

On Monday morning I popped down to bus stop E opposite the police station (complete with new ‘Alighting point’ strip on its flag) to see how the first morning’s commuters were reacting to a change most wouldn’t have been expecting – but, honestly, I didn’t have time to hang around because it took so long to get there via four pedestrian crossings that I had to hurry back to the station again (via a different four pedestrian crossings, for variety) to catch my train to work.

Certainly the pedestrian crossings nearest that stop were looking very well used in a stationwards direction:

Busy crossing

During Monday the old Lewisham Bus Station was sealed off with metal fencing. A mildly unfortunate side-effect of this is that the shortest walking route from the Southeastern railway station to the remaining bus stops (C and D) at the front of the DLR has been blocked off too – you’ll need to go around the other side of the DLR (or through it) instead.

Sealed-off Lewisham Bus Station and footpath

What goes around…

Meanwhile, Google have digitised an 1890s map of inner London and overlaid it on their usual maps system, complete with a transparency slider, which is an absolute delight to explore.

It reveals that, 120 years ago, Rennell Street cut right through from the High Street to Molesworth Street, and the site of the 1978-2014 Lewisham Bus Station was occupied by a mixture of housing and an open-air confluence of the Quaggy and Ravensbourne rivers. So in some ways Lewisham Gateway is history repeating itself – although sadly not to the extent of having trams trundling up the High Street and along Lewisham Road to my flat!

Lewisham Gateway in the 1890s

Lewisham Gateway in the 1890s

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