After many years of campaigning and numerous hurdles it appears segregated cycle lanes will be installed on approaches to the infamous Angerstein roundabout beneath the Blackwall Tunnel flyover in Greenwich.
The area has seen two cyclist fatalities and was due to be part of Cycle Superhighway 4 from Tower Bridge to Woolwich until it was curtailed at Greenwich.
The scope of work is not yet clear. All I have is information passed by someone at Greenwich Council – and even they state numerous plans have previously been postponed – but the latest plan is work beginning in November and listed as “INTRODUCING SEGREGATED CYCLE TRACK – LINE MARKINGS – KERB WORKS”.
As stated with this area and planned work, we’ve been here before. Earlier this year work was provisionally planned for spring in this area and nothing happened so we shouldn’t take this as a given.
That scheme was believed to have been related to TfL’s Local Implementation Plan funds. I covered this fund earlier this year and looked at numerous London borough plans.
Authorities across London top up TfL funds with money from parking income and income derived from new developments. Despite numerous new builds, Greenwich Council’s three year funding plan from 2019/20 allocated less cash towards street improvements than almost every other London council.
Has that changed or is this scheme solely funded from TfL which limits scope? We don’t yet know. Earlier this year Greenwich proposed spending no money from parking revenue on street improvements over the next three years whilst Lambeth, for example, were allocating £5 million a year and Southwark £6.5 million. Hammersmith & Fulham was £20 million a year.
It was similar with developer income. Greenwich was £206k over three years. Hammersmith & Fulham, for example, in addition to £20 million parking income annually will spend £9 million from Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy each year. Lambeth is £1.2 million.
Greenwich again are near the bottom across London when it comes to developer income – even accounting for Crossrail requirements.
Another funding pot for the roundabout was announced by Sadiq Khan after TfL removed it from the Better Junctions project – but this project appears too soon for that.
Numerous new developments have not been taken the opportunity to install lanes despite adequate space to do so. This is near Charlton’s recently built shopping park:
So then, it’s looking provisionally positive for some improvements but dates and scope have yet to be firmed up. When news arrives it’ll be covered on this site. It’s been a long, long time coming.
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