With Ikea opening in Greenwich soon many people are waiting with excitement whilst many others with trepidation. I took a trip to see how the store build is progressing as well as any movement on infrastructure in the area
The renders show a blue exterior so it could be attached above. A cafe will be located on the roof of the store.
The issue is what Greenwich decide “transport” includes. Pedestrians? Cyclists? That’s if it’s even spent.
It could be that work will commence in coming months but that’s been expected before at various developments in the area where little happened. Remember that £514,000 from Sainsburys given to Greenwich Council in 2015 to improve the local area? Still unspent.
New-builds at Greenwich Millenium Village are being built over an adjacent roundabout but there’s no particularly safe or direct crossing to reach the new store:
Each road facing the roundabout could see a zebra crossing installed at the very least.
This shot below does the a job of summing up the state of the street and anti-pedestrian design. This is looking towards forthcoming green space:
By the way, all these roads are manged by Greenwich Council and not TfL:
Without any changes accidents are feared with thousands of additional homes, the Ikea plus the new St Mary Magdalene school in the vicinity.
Development is not slowing down in the area yet these streets are straight out of a 1980s handbook and more suited to rural A roads.
Will the recent shake up of Greenwich’s Cabinet lead to any movement on better streets?
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