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Housing and Development in London

Abbey Wood, Thamesmead

It’s goodbye to a famous Thamesmead estate and hello to £10 million road upgrade

A £10 million road upgrade linking Thamesmead to Abbey Wood station is slowly creeping forward. Homes alongside are increasingly becoming vacant with demolition soon.

Harrow Manorway is being widened to include a bus and segregated cycle lane in each direction from Eynsham Drive roundabout to the flyover.

The plan is to complete the upgrade before Crossrail commences in December.

The street has the borough boundary between Greenwich and Bexley Council running straight down the middle. Under a 1970s agreement Greenwich have maintained the road ever since yet current works are under the control of Bexley Council.

I don’t think the roundabout outside Sainsbury’s is being altered. Like many central reservations and roundabout that include landscaping, it’s a scruffy mess with litter strewn in plants.

Will the new scheme become the same?

Similar happened in Woolwich. It lasted about a year before being ripped up:

The area by Sainsbury’s could well be a pinch point in future:

For such an important and expensive scheme there’s very little in the public domain of what the upgrade comprises or how it’ll eventually appear.




A few low quality visual renders is about it.

Work appears most progressed nearest Thamesmead elevated roundabout. A cycle lane swings around what appears to be a bus stop island.

Developments in the area

A number of developments will rise around the road in coming years. Peabody plan more than 1,000 homes in place of the 1960 and 70s Thamesmead estate.

The junction with Eynsham Drive will see a tower at the current site of PDSA vets:

Looking down Harrow Manorway towards planned tower (not final road layout)

And Bexley announced a plan to use its developer off-shoot BexleyCo alongside Peabody to build a tower at the current car park by Abbey Wood station:

As ever, Bexley is Bonkers has a fantastic photographic record of ongoing changes.

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3 Comments

  1. Chris Nash

    The last time I was in that part of town, I noticed a banner attached to one of the terraced houses next to the Overton Road bus stop (just across from Sainsbury’s), with words to the effect of “No to CPO – Peabody are coming for your homes!” I wonder if other local residents feel similarly aggrieved. It’s difficult to make out on the renders you’ve posted but it looks like this terraced row is earmarked for rebuilding too.

  2. Jimmy

    So they’ve knocked down houses to build a cycle lane? One can imagine how that’s gone down locally.

    • fromthemurkydepths

      Nah the houses come down soon. There was a ton of grass verges (some in poor state) that are being used.

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