Transport for London has started a consultation on changing the road layout in Catford, south east London.

The stated aims of the scheme are to simplify the road network and make it safer and easier to walk, cycle and use public transport.

A part of the Catford Road section of the main A205 South Circular would be moved 100m to a new position south of Lewisham Council’s Laurence House building. That is to say that traffic would be routed through the area currently occupied by Lewisham Council’s Canadian Avenue car park.

Ladywell Live on the TfL consultation

It should be remembered that the area has been identified by both Lewisham Council and the GLA – TfL is part of the GLA responsibilities – as appropriate for tall buildings. A recent proposal for Catford Island or Plassy Road to those who remember the old school on the site put forward a scheme with the tallest building of twenty three floors. The developer said this would create a ‘memorable’ skyline. Interestingly, the schematic drawings from TfL show low level buildings around Catford, probably artistic licence.

TfL have said that work on the Catford south circular re-routing project is estimated to start in spring 2025, taking about two years to complete. However, no cost estimates have been made public.

Catford is a major bus interchange and a list of the bus routes affected is here:


Public events including a drop-in event at the relocated Catford Library in the Catford Centre, Winslade Way, London SE6 4JU on 3rd June from 11am until 3pm. Written submissions can be sent until the consultation closes on 5th June 2023 by email or post.

Photo courtesy of Archoptical.

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