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Long-delayed Greenwich hotel sees work resume

A forthcoming Greenwich hotel which stood as a derelict shell for years has now seen work resume as it heads towards completion.

Brickwork is now visible on parts of the hotel, which is located on Tunnel Avenue beside the Blackwall Tunnel approach.

Bricks visible

The hotel was to be an Ibis though funding fell through. In 2019 Radisson revealed they are taking on the site which will be under their Red branding aimed at younger travellers.

Blackwall Tunnel approach on left

o2 appeal

One obvious draw for Radisson with the site is proximity to the o2 as well as the forthcoming Design District.

While some work has been carried out at a nearby junction used by visitors to access nearby attractions, it’s still far from a pedestrian friendly area. This is the pedestrian crossing that will be needed by hotel guests to reach the o2. Welcome to Greenwich!

Pedestrian crossing under flyover

And then onto this beneath the o2. Lots of clutter, dark and dingy:

Link to Greenwich Peninsula.

Pedestrians are an afterthought at best in this area.

Another crossing over the road – note the desire line

The other way to reach the o2 or new venue Magazine from the hotel would be walking along Tunnel Avenue.

Tunnel Avenue

It’s not a good deal better. The image below shows proximity of this hotel to the junction below the Blackwall Tunnel approach:

Hotel on left – crossing ahead to Peninsula. Behind is east Greenwich

As far as I’m aware there’s no plans to work on this entire area. The focus now is on the next junction east along the A102 but that’s doesn’t solve other problem areas and impediments to pedestrians such as that shown above.

1 Comment

  1. Sorry, but I am going to disagree with you on the dangers/difficulties faced by residents of the hotel as far as access to the o2 is concerned.

    It’s a long walk to the o2 from Tunnel Aveue and assuming that the hotel’s entrance/exit will actually be on Tunnel Avenue, visitors can easily cross the road and go around the corner to the East Greenwich library stop to catch the 129 that now goes to North Greenwich. Yes the area around the Blackwall Tunnel approach road is horrid, but on my frequent journeys both by public transport and in the car, I don’t see that many pedestrians and none is attempting to cross in the path of oncoming traffic.

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