Calls to open Greenwich University’s Old Naval College to ease Thames Walk crowds

There have been calls to open locked gates at the old Royal Naval College site in Greenwich in order for people to avoid the narrow Thames path.

Narrow Thames path on right seen before the outbreak

There’s barely room for two people to pass in places making social distancing of two metres impossible. Far more space is available at the Naval College site running parallel linking the Cutty Sark to the Trafalgar Tavern pub.

With the Greenwich foot tunnel being closed today, opening this stretch seems an obvious way to help alleviate another pinch point in the area.


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5 thoughts on “Calls to open Greenwich University’s Old Naval College to ease Thames Walk crowds

  • April 6, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Completely agree. I was just thinking this yesterday as I was going for food shopping. The foot path was packed, made worse by cyclist [illegally] using the path. Kudos to the few cyclist who dismounted and walked.

  • April 6, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    I’ve walked that path on a lovely, sunny day and it is very busy. Giving greater access will allow physical distancing for those who can use public spaces sensibly, unlike those who congregate to picnic.

  • April 10, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I completely agree too, it should be open to aid public safety and enable people to walk through for essential travel for key workers, exercise or to buy food. The paths are very wide in the RNC so keeping 2 metres apart would be much easier.

    I questioned this with RNC the day after they closed it, but they weren’t able to provide an explanation on why closing it was a better idea than forcing people along the (now closed) narrow river front path or the busy road. Hopefully they will reconsider.

  • April 15, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Kevin I totally agree with you. By the way I am another Kevin (T).


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