Time again for my semi-regular progress reports on Greenwich Ikea. They seem pretty popular, and ever one to oblige demand, here’s a look at how it’s shaping up.
Since last time, cladding is more advanced and the famous blue panels are being applied. Timber columns are also in evidence.
Crossrail isn’t the only thing that’s slipped to 2019 (with big impacts on the Jubilee Line) as Ikea has slipped from a planned late 2018 opening to early 2019.
Much of the car park alongside is currently a work site for the new store.
The rear of the store will have a small garden but there’s little sign of it.
As soon as Ikea is mentioned the subject invariably goes onto traffic problems.
I have no idea if something was wrong with the Blackwall Tunnel (what’s new?), but traffic was awful around the area. And it was lunchtime.
I’ve noticed a general increase as more shops opened in the area over the past year but on this trip it was a different level. And this is before the new 1,600 pupil St Mary Magdalene school opens in October.
What the increase in traffic did highlight to an even greater extent was the poor crossings. No zebra crossings or traffic lights.
I’ve covered it many times, but the constant stream of cars and especially lorries was even more dicey on this visit with increasing traffic levels, and I can run across. With kids, elderly or disabled? No chance. One driver may slow but on a dual carriageway the other likely will not. Many took the opportunity of any gaps to floor it.
Greenwich Council staff have told me no work is imminent to improve crossings. Nor is any work listed to do so.
There’s not long till opening so maybe nothing will happen. Many a time new builds in the area have opened without any pedestrian improvement work.
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