The long awaited decision to move the South Circular in Catford was agreed and approved at a meeting of Lewisham Council’s Mayor and Cabinet on 19 July 2017.
From 2020/21 the South Circular will be moved to the south of Laurence House on Catford Road (through the car and lorry park). The gyratory will also be removed to create a simpler road layout at the junction of the A21 and A205 (Bromley Road and Sangley Road).
Lewisham Council say the changes will improve the quality of life for people who live and work in the area.
The benefits of moving the South Circular include:
- Wider pavements and new road crossings to create safer space for people to walk around the town centre.
- Safer spaces for cyclists with a fully segregated cycleway on the South Circular road and new cycle lanes on A21.
- Major improvements to Catford town centre with the creation of new pedestrianised public spaces and business space.
- A simplified junction for cars and buses with two way traffic reinstated on the A205 and the A21.
The decision to change layout of the South Circular means the start of a major programme of development in Catford which will create new homes, new jobs and new open spaces.
Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said: ‘Moving the South Circular road will transform Catford and make the town centre a better place to live, work and visit. Our decision ends 50 years of uncertainty over the route of the South Circular road and the benefits will be felt for generations. The simplified road layout will make it easier for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to travel by removing the gyratory.
‘The future for Catford is bright with hundreds of new homes being built, new businesses opening every month and major improvements planned for the shopping centre alongside the improvements to the route of the South Circular road.’
If you live and work in Catford you can have your say about the area and the changes that you would like to see. Your comments will help Lewisham Council develop a plan to improve the town centre in 2018.