Workmen have been busy this week making changes to roads near the A102 on Tunnel Avenue.
The junction has seen complaints from some of illegal maneuvers by drivers trying to avoid queues. Traffic numbers are growing locally due to the number of new homes, shops and attractions in the area.
The funding source of Tunnel Avenue work is unknown. It could be related to Ikea S106 cash (or one of the many other developments nearby), TfL or another scheme. One thing it is not is Local Implementation Plan funds for east Greenwich around the Woolwich Road flyover due to be spent imminently. There’s still no word on what any project will involve – and work was potentially due to begin tomorrow.
There’s a related scheme for Westcombe Hill and junction near the former east Greenwich library. I’ve said it before – some minor interim changes to road layout, materials used, lighting and better street furniture could make the world of difference here to improve conditions and appeal for pedestrians and cyclists. Even some paint on guardrails and greenery would help. One possible option, for example is to install the smarter railings removed from Eltham High Street work that went into storage. What happened to those?
It’s all minor in terms of cost until major work is carried out in coming years when funding permits.
I would ask local councillors but two out of three Labour cllrs in Peninsula ward have blocked me on social media – the only ones in any ward in Greenwich. I was accused of being a green supporter by one though (I’m not). So it’d be up to you dear reader to find out what is happening with these schemes and why no public consultation of incoming Local Implementation Plan projects (note – NOT the Low Emission Zone just west on Trafalgar Road where consultation is underway – it does get confusing).
If the environment was a bit more pleasant around here the council would have possibly raised more from the sale of east Greenwich library. Many potential buyers would see the area and run a mile. It’d be a tough sell letting a shop or commercial unit in the area as things stand. At a time of cuts it seems incredibly counter-productive not to improve areas when funds are there – it’d pay for itself.
Work also continues nearby on converting the former Pilot Busway to a standard two-way dual carriageway.