Returning to Greenwich Ikea two months on – any pedestrian improvements?
It’s now almost two months since shoppers first entered Greenwich Ikea for preview days in late January and early February and promised new crossings are still not complete. Well, not even started.
I returned to look around the area since writing up a post on the area on 1st February. Very little has changed.
This is the site of what should be a crossing on Bugsbys Way. Currently it’s a case of running across the road as some cars approach uphill:
Plans submitted long before the store opened had a crossing here:
This crossing has no plans for any improvements:
Just to the south we have an area where pedestrians heading from east Greenwich are taking a desire line which has not been converted to paving:
Greenwich Council could have been stipulated that these improvements were in place before the store opened which didn’t happen – probably as its the authority in charge of delivering them. Back in February a vague spring time was mentioned. But given the store has now been for some time and work hasn’t even begun is there an impending start date? My sources in the authority tell me not.
Given the example of work pencilled in near the Angerstein roundabout it appears that information, let alone action, could be very slow to be released.
Some work that is underway but still hasn’t finished. Obviously new guardrail had to be installed:
A dedicated cycle lane has actually been removed as part of work in this area. It’s now joint use which won’t help conflict. The cycle rack was entirely empty:
I’ve seen some comments on Twitter from customers who claim its not in a logical location – nor very safe tucked to the side away from footfall to prevent thieves.
@IKEAUK for a supposedly green store, why is cycle parking so hard to find at your Greenwich IKEA? Do you even have any?
— James Sibley (@jamesDsibley) March 21, 2019
On this occasion I didn’t arrive via Westcombe Park ststaion so no idea if signs to the store are now in place there. Anyone know?
I did walk from east Greenwich though having arrived by bus and there’s no sign of any small improvement measures such as better LED lighting or work under and around the flyover:
As bad as ever:
So far the main focus has been some alterations on tarmac and areas between kerbs – as usual. The new bus lane is welcome but really, so much more should now be ready. The rest of the public realm is an afterthought.
What was it we are constantly told? Sustainable? And what good is a Low Emission Neighbourhood nearby when this stuff is ignored?