The first two days of the new Ikea in Greenwich saw no big dramas when it came to traffic though a bigger test will arrive this afternoon.
Saturday afternoon shopper numbers in the area were high before the store opened and congestion pretty common. Today is the first Saturday open plus traffic arriving in the area for the Charlton-Southend game at the Valley.
Around 12k fans can be expected. Charlton’s dire owner can be thanked for holding down attendances which will help the roads and public transport services. The days of 25k fans seems a long way off yet.
Will many football fans try to park at Ikea? As recently covered, the car park is free for five hours without the need to make a purchase and they’ll even let you off the first time you overstay. Away fans will like that.
One pleasing, though not entirely unexpected sight, (by me at least) has been many people walking or taking public transport to the new Ikea. Though the car park has often been full to capacity which could correspond to expected ratios of 30-40% public transport or foot and 60-70% car.
In addition, many people seem to have only visited for the food (hour long queues in the restaurant have been seen) and a wander through the store making smaller purchases. Again, no surprise really as that’s common with Ikeas in cities and areas of high population density (i.e not Lakeside).
Let’s hope poor quality walking links do not dissuade people from continue to make sustainable methods of reaching the store, nor bus cuts. One of the highest frequency routes passing the site had cuts confirmed this past week. The 486 will reduce from a bus every 7-8 minutes on Saturday daytime to every 12 minutes in less than two weeks. In other words, 8 buses an hour down to 5.
So how have you found the store and reaching the site? Leave a comment below.