Greenwich council have released details of the TfL funded major road upgrade to be undertaken next year between Plumstead and Woolwich, on Plumstead Road dual carriageway. The plans look promising and restore the road layout to its former state with a continuous bus lane which existed before alterations 10 years ago.
One added improvement above the former layout is a segregated cycle lane beside the road that is separated from bus lanes and stops, with the stops located in islands between the road and cycle lane. Paving is very wide along most of the road so a segregated lane is an obvious move to prevent cyclists (and those put off) dicing with buses and car parking.
Parking along the road frequently obstructs both the cycle lane and bus stops. Even with a separate cycle lane, Greenwich council will have to enforce parking obstructions more strictly than they have, and look at extending no parking times.
Crossings are also being widened along the road. Some of the extensive foliage in the central reservation should also go. It’s often covered in rubbish and the council claim cleaners cannot access. No big loss. It just looks scruffy.
This work should increase bus speed and reliability, massively improve cycling links and civilise the road somewhat, so it no longer resembles a motorway but an attractive urban thoroughfare as high density housing and retail increasingly line the street over the coming decade.
A workshop to discuss proposals will be held at Greenwich Community College from 2pm to 6pm on Wednesday 9th December 2015.
An online questionnaire can be found here.