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Bonkers Blog February 2013

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14 February (Part 3) - Broadway - very literally

Broadway Broadway BroadwayThe author of the previous blog contrasted the massive pavement width being provided outside Bexleyheath ASDA with the niggardly strip afforded to children making their way to Bedonwell Infant School.

Two of the adjacent photographs show the realigned bend in the road which now passes ASDA at a smaller radius placed further from the store. This photograph may better illustrate how far the new road will be from the old. The path outside ASDA will be massive.

Aldershot & DistrictWhy the road has been realigned so drastically is unknown to me. Perhaps they think it will slow the traffic, in any event I hope it is being well engineered.

When I was a lad growing up in and around Aldershot which was a hub for many long distance coach journeys at a time when car ownership wasn’t common, I used to nerdishly watch the road leading to the bus station migrate bodily on to the pavement under the constant pounding of turning bus wheels.

Similar pressures destroyed the blocked road surface in Orpington after it was installed a few years ago. All very predictable and now scarred by ugly black tarmac. Maybe Bexley has learned the lessons. Time will tell.


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