This week saw the long awaited opening of the £1.5 million Thames Path section between Charlton and Woolwich. No more trudging inland on a wearisome diversion.
Coming from the west, the first stage of the new section rises near the Thames Barrier and enters the Mellish Industrial estate.
The route is a part of Quietway 14. In the time I was there a steady stream of cyclists were using the new link.
Unfortunately the route is currently only open until 9pm though Greenwich Council are attempting to enable 24 hour access.
The route passes through Westminster Industrial Estate and some wonderful industrial buildings from the former Siemens Factory.
This site has long been a site of forthcoming residential redevelopment, with U&I looking to build 370 homes but recently sold the site. This is worth a forthcoming post in its own right.
Once past the gate it’s a swing left toward the elevated section positioned above the river.
Guardrail has been installed which narrows the entrance and exit space. The idea is to reduce speed on descent yet guardrail opens scope of conflict with pedestrians.
Whilst there I also noticed it forces cycles into the path of cars exiting Thames Side studios which is another possible hazard:
The new section offers good views of the rotting former Mersey River Iris Ferry pitched up with unfulfilled dreams of refurbishment.
And then the path descends to existing river walkway in Woolwich and views of rising towers:
All in all the new section is a triumph and already appears to be extremely well used by pedestrians and cyclists. And this wasn’t on day one when it would be expected.
Families were also using the new section extensively. It’s brilliant to see public realm improvements in Greenwich Borough which benefits a huge number of people. Much more of this please.
I’m uploading more pics to my Flickr account which can be seen here.
DiamondGeezer has a customary excellent write up of the new link here.
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