A little notification has popped up which could see the notorious Greenwich Peninsula Busway transferred from TfL control to Greenwich Council.
The busway was built for the Millenium celebrations at the dome and has remained since though plans are afoot to remove it. It’s a confusing layout that has claimed lives.
It appears to be a normal dual carriageway yet is actually a pair of two-way roads that are adjacent; one for buses and one for general traffic either side of a central reservation.
With a huge new school opening in two months, more homes being built, Ikea coming and a 4,400 capacity venue just approved, the need to improve the Peninsula’s roads is pressing.
The busway is one of only two areas of public highway that TfL manage on the Peninsula. The other being the A102 Blackwall approach. On the map below blue is TfL controlled and red is Greenwich Council.
On Greenwich’s website, it states “West Parkside, Pilot Bus-way Section 8 works agreement and 38 Highway Act 1980 road adoption”.
Section 8 works are when “local highway authorities may enter into agreements with other such authorities (eg TfL) for or in relation to the construction, reconstruction, alteration, improvement or maintenance of a highway.
Section 38 adoption means transferring roads from private ownership to the Highways authority. Would that still apply if transferring from TfL to Greenwich Council?
Could TfL be regarded as a private landowner here? I will do some digging to see. It may sound silly, but to give one example, council housing estate land is technically private land when it comes to issues such as parking enforcement, and that is one reason in the past there have been calls to transfer some estate greenery to other departments away from Greenwich Housing to better enforce parking problems.
Whether or not the ownership of the busway moves from TfL, work does look like it’ll commence after years of campaigning.
What happens will be keenly awaited. The rest of the Peninsula’s roads are Greenwich maintained and often in poor condition.
A popular tactic for Greenwich Council is to point at other authorities to distract from a lack of action. This has been prevalent with the road network in Greenwich. Most of it is already under their control and far from acceptable.
Lets hope this new scheme is good quality and a comprehensive reworking of roads such as Bugsby’s Way, Millennium Way and more is incoming.
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