A car was heavily damaged in an accident last night in Woolwich town centre.
Details are thin on the ground on what is the third serious accident in just a week in Woolwich.
Yesterday morning saw large delays as Woolwich Church Street near the ferry was shut in the morning rush hour due to a collision.
A few days before that an accident near Premier Inn saw someone hit by a car. That spot has become notorious for drivers making illegal right turns heading towards pedestrians crossing with a green light showing.
After many complaints from local residents, Councillors visited and helped push for better signage from Greenwich Highways Department though it has appeared to make little difference.
One major obstacle was the inability to install cameras given Greenwich Council are just one of three London authorities out of 34 (including the City of London and TfL) to have never sought approval for their use.
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That’s finally changed after years of talking but they will not be in place until later this year.
Over the past week I’ve covered how yet another large Greenwich borough development – this one at Callis Yard – saw around £1.3 million come into council coffers with no apparent changes to dated road layouts in the area.
Well, not quite, as over the past week Greenwich council have started a project on Woolwich roads – but that scheme is simply to remove trees and greenery and pave them over.
Oh, and one last thing. The authority has installed yet more guardrail near the entrance to the Royal Arsenal site forcing pedestrians to stand in the road waiting to cross. It’s as if 40 years development in design knowledge has passed them by.
Instead of looking at where pedestrians actually go, the Highways Department are attempting to cajole them into where they think they should go. Human nature doesn’t work like that. It’s a classic case of designing around vehicles rather than people.
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