Busy Greenwich road to see capacity halved during Silvertown Tunnel work
Plans to build Silvertown Tunnel from Greenwich under the Thames will see the width of some roads halved on the Peninsula including Edmund Halley Way near the o2.
Edmund Halley Way is currently a dual carriageway on its western half – along with nearby roads – and already has numerous problems becoming clogged with double parking after events at the o2.
Edmund Halley Road is used by bus routes 108 and 188, yet traffic leaving nearby car parks combined with many Uber taxis double parking in the area have caused issues over a wider area impacting buses also using the adjacent bus station and heading to other roads.
A 10,000 capacity music and entertainment venue is also due to open in the area on 1st September this year along with the Design District later this year.
Bus and black cab drivers have complained it’s the latest hotspot in Greenwich borough for parking problems – and as Greenwich Council staff rarely work late into the night effective action is very limited.
TfL occasionally have staff on site looking at taxi and cab compliance but this generally doesn’t cover double parking in the wider area and a stretched police force is unable to devote much effort to ensuring roads run smoothly.
The issue delays buses making public transport a less reliable method to leave the venue -and that’s as things currently stand with two lane of traffic in each direction. How will buses fare with road capacity halved without strict enforcement against cabs waiting for trade in the area (which is itself illegal with Ubers)?
The same scheme that halves road space will also see a reduction in trees with around 19 due to be cut down.
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