Digger little deeper

Yet another vehicle snared by the Mantle Road fool trap.

Spring Volunteering Fair, Feb 25th

Parroting Brockley's virtues

Olly has a new rival.

Southern and Thameslink trains most likely to be hit by staff shortages

If the worst excuse for late-running train services is 'the wrong kind of sunshine'. The second-worst is to run out of staff - a situation which, pandemics aside, is least likely to be caused by acts of god and most likely to be caused by poor management and planning.

So guess which operator has the worst record for crew shortages in the country? The BBC reports:

Crew shortages cause almost one in 10 delays and cancellations on Britain's railways, the BBC has learned.

They accounted for 9.42% of 1.93 million delays and cancellations from 1 April 2013 to 12 December 2015, figures from the Office of Rail and Road show.

Govia Thameslink Railway - which operates Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services - had the highest rate, at 13.59%.

The TfL takeover can't come soon enough. Thanks to Hugh for the story.

GoodGym Lewisham

BCer Adele wants to tell you about her running group GoodGym, a real-life version of Zombies Run - only instead of rebuilding your base in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, you do odd-jobs around Lewisham. She writes:

There's now a whole new way of getting fit while doing good in the borough of Lewisham, with GoodGym. We run in groups to help out local community groups, charities and public spaces, with our weekly run meeting at Glass Mill at 6:45pm on a Monday evening.

We started our group runs in Lewisham on January 18th and have had lots of interest, both from participants and organisations. Anyone can come along and you can sign up on our website here.

If you are part of a community group who might need our help, here are some examples of tasks we complete:

- Gardening, weeding and clearing parks or open spaces
- Moving heavy furniture or items
- Painting, sanding or decorating
- Tidying communal areas
- Setting up for events

The Phantom Phonebooth: Mystery Micro Library for Kids

Another Brockley phone box has been converted into a micro library. This one is on the corner of Wickham Road and Lewisham Way and is specifically for children's books.

Given the success of the first one, which regularly overflows with donations and the lack of any better ideas for what to do with these boxes, this is a brilliant idea.

Thank you to Jeff for the photo. If you know more about its origins, please post the details below.

180 Brockley Road revealed

The wrapping has now come off 180 Brockley Road to the extent that we can see what impact it will have on the streetscape from both Coulgate Street and Brockley Road. 


I like the massing and mix of materials, especially the metallic roof. I'm not sure how much fun it would be to have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the main entrance to a busy station, but the proportions look good from street level. Likewise, it's hard to tell whether the courtyard will work for residents, but the angles conspire to make the narrow Coulgate Street cottages look like Brockley's answer to the Thin House.

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