This week consultation was launched on a cycle lane and major street changes between Woolwich and Greenwich via Charlton.
As we speak, dozens of cars are parked along dual carriageways in Charlton blocking cycle lanes and narrowing road space for buses. This happens every single week. People on social media highlight it to Greenwich Council almost every week.
The cycle and street upgrade looks looks good though will cost millions and take years to come to fruition. It’s far easier and cheaper to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in the interval using relatively modest steps. Action such as no parking all week, enforcing that and wands to protect existing lane.
This is another area where parking is hampering cycling, pedestrian visibility and buses (see Plumstead station and numerous other areas) yet relatively easy fixes are not pursued.
Will it take years before the problems are sorted? And once the new scheme is complete, will people still be able to park where they like with little enforcement?