Major scheme now underway in Plumstead and Woolwich – though you probably don’t know it
A major scheme funded by TfL to alter the main road between Plumstead and Woolwich is getting underway – without much, if any, real engagement with the public.
This work is the follow up to a £1.2 million project on Plumstead Road. The westbound stretch was carried out a couple of years ago and covered here.
It brought the area a longer bus lane and segregated cycle lane. The current work is for the eastbound stretch.
This expensive scheme has seen next to no engagement with the public. The only information is Plumstead Cllr Matt Morrow tweeting this:
Planned improvements taking place on Plumstead Road, eastbound between junction of Burrage Road and Pettman Crescent. Starts on Thursday 18th of July and is expected to last 10 weeks.
The scheme will delivery improved bus movement and a safer, segregated cycle lane #plumstead
— Matt Morrow (@Matt_Morrow88) July 17, 2019
When me and others asked for more information there was no reply.
The first round of this scheme was not without problems. The area near Plumstead station has become notorious for poor parking and obstructions to buses leading to over 100 drivers threatening to stop calling at stops near the station.
This scheme replaces a road flawed scheme from the early 2000s which hampered buses. Given this history one may have expected some engagement with relevant parties and the public.
The first part of the scheme did do a lot of good and this second phase probably will too – but the notoriously closed nature of Greenwich Council means we can’t be sure.
Assuming it does go without issue, then it’s another slot in creating a cycle lane running west-east across the borough. Cycle Super Highway 4 may have been capped as soon as it reaches Greenwich borough instead of running to Woolwich, but this does at least make one stretch better.