Cycle Highway 4 through Greenwich & Deptford to begin next week

Work on a new segregated cycle lane from Greenwich to Tower Bridge has been brought forward and will commence next week on the eastern-most stretch in Deptford and Greenwich.

Work begun earlier this year on areas nearest central London such as Bermondsey.

Plans to run further along here dropped – for now

Work will start on Creek Road where the lane will stop just beside Waitrose. Original plans to run to Woolwich were dropped.

Click to enlarge – Cycle superhighway 4 plans –

Greenwich Council leader Danny Thorpe stated at the last council meeting that consultation on a route to Woolwich was due to begin this month but election purdah has put that on hold.

Work on smaller scale projects from Greenwich to Woolwich have been continually delayed including around the notorious Angerstein roundabout. Work planned for spring was cancelled. It’s now due to begin this month but will it?

TfL under Sadiq Khan previously scrapped work due as part of the Safer Junctions scheme.

Previously planned work in 2014 never happened:

Taken from Greenwich Highways work document around 2014. No sign this ever happened

In addition, back in 2011 LIP funds were supposed to have been spent on the area:

  • £274,000 in Greenwich on the A206 / Trafalgar Road, SE10 ( from Lassell St to Armitage Rd incl. Blackwall Lane Junction)
  • £100,000 at the Woolwich Road/Blackwall tunnel approach roundabout

But it appeared that didn’t happen either.

Greenwich have a record of stating TfL are solely responsible though can top up funds. They trail almost every other London council in doing so through parking income and developer income. That’s despite income of £87.42 million locally:

S106 by ward. Greenwich Peninsula highlighted

Greenwich parking department has missed income targets every year with the total more than £10m. It’s another £1 million this year:

From Cabinet report
Completed scheme

When complete 10km of segregated lanes will be in place – though some bus lanes will be removed. More space is being accommodated in places by removing or narrowing central reservations.

Junction at top of Deptford High Street will see big changes

TfL warn to expect traffic disruption in the area – and it’s already bad now.

One possible reason for moving ahead is plans for a fan zone at Greenwich Park for Euro 2020 which will see up to 30,000 people a day – as covered on this site yesterday.

Planned for mid-June next year

Roadworks coinciding with that event would see mass disruption.

Long term impact?

There are also long-term questions about capacity on the road network between Greenwich and the Rotherhithe Tunnel. If approved, Silvertown Tunnel would see tolls installed alongside the Blackwall Tunnel yet the Rotherhithe Tunnel would remain free. Drivers will head west through Deptford and Greenwich town centre to avoid tolls.

In August TfL announced that cycle hire will expand along the new route between Tooley Street and Canada Water station. It will not extend into Lewisham or Greenwich borough.

London Borough’s must fund half the cost – and despite huge new building programs and tens of millions of resulting income Lewisham and Greenwich have refused to fund any expansion.

The cycle lane will serve numerous new developments including Creek Road tower:

Plus 3,000 homes at Convoy’s Wharf and 1,200 at Timberyard, as well as thousands at Canada Water.

Plans for new builds on current Surrey Quays shopping centre


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