Electronic signs have appeared in Greenwich alerting drivers to Ikea’s opening on 7th February.
The signs highlight the opening day (a nice bit of free advertising?) and then make a tacit admission of traffic issues by asking drivers to consider taking public transport.
We’ll see how that goes. Anyway, the bus lanes are often blocked by poorly parked cars in this area – if they even exist. Pedestrian links from Westcombe Park station are poor.
Ironically one of the signs has been placed on the site of a planned “pocket park” beside the junction opposite the Greenwich Centre.
It’s yet more clutter on one of the ugliest and most cluttered junctions not only in the borough but across London.
Consultation into the mini-park was full of people praising the scheme but wondering how many would actually use it given its proximity to heavy traffic and location beside a junction.
Like many schemes planned since Ikea was approved, the pocket park appears great in isolation but when taking a step back appears to be a plaster placed over a far bigger wound.
The same could be said of forthcoming Silvertown tunnel and Greenwich town centre work – as the tunnel will feed more traffic into the heart of the World Heritage Site heading to Rotherhithe tunnel which remains free.