TfL have launched a consultation into plans to alter the road layout in North Woolwich around the ferry. Now the ferry is to see new boats and the threat of imminent closure has gone, improvements will occur.
Plans mostly cover Woolwich Manorway and Pier Road. Improvements for pedestrians and cyclists are included including removing street clutter and barriers to pedestrian movement such as guard rails. Staggered crossings which pen in pedestrians and lengthen crossing time will go.
It will be interesting to see if similar is planned south of the Thames. Greenwich Council’s Highways Department appear to love adding pedestrian obstacles and loath removing clutter and barriers to movement so expect them to object to any TfL plans to improve conditions.
It’s for safety some say, though making it crap to get about on foot just leads to more people driving.
There’s many south examples of out-dated street design of the river. A legacy of the 1980s and a symbol of car primacy.
Changes on the street above with road design altered in such a way to naturally slow down traffic would create a far more pedestrian-friendly area.
Cycle lane 1, central reservation 0
Another good initiative under TfL plans around the North Woolwich ferry approach is narrowing the central reservation to widen cycle lanes.
The bus turning area will also be slightly altered with a new bus stand installed:
I took a walk in March around the area from King George V DLR station to the Woolwich Ferry which was covered here.
Since I wrote about the area, a large housing development was recently proposed on land nearby.
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