In recent months Greenwich Council bid for funding from TfL to install a number of street projects. One which proved successful was £600,000 for a cycle lane in Shooter’s Hill running past Old Dover Road in Blackheath.
Details from the bid have been revealed via a Freedom of Information request as the council’s didn’t feel it needed to inform the public at any stage – and still havn’t.
So let’s take a look at details. Firstly, £650,000 is below sums asked for so not all ideas will translate into action. £1,164,570 was the original sum requested. Submitted documents originally showed a route from Greenwich Park to Constitution Rise near Memorial Hospital. It now seems to be curtailed at Baker Road near QE Hospital and will not head east past that point.
The lane would start at Greenwich Park and use light segregation in Maze Hill. It would pass through the Standard in Blackheath past Marks & Spencer and Blackheath library before reaching Shooter’s Hill.
A bus gate could also be installed on Old Dover Road in Blackheath. They state this could displace traffic onto the A2 at Sun in the Sands roundabout. Another idea was removing a bus lane on Shooter’s Hill. A controlled crossing along the route could also become a zebra crossing while another crossing altered to a toucan crossing.
Revised plans have seen bus stop bypasses removed:
Shooter’s Hill has centre hatching in places which would be removed for cycle lanes with no loss of lanes for other traffic.
It’s good to see some detail but again it shouldn’t have come down to a Freedom of Information request for the public to see this.
In keeping with other projects the authority has not involved the public and nor has it shared details in Cabinet or council meetings as seen in other boroughs.
The project should start imminently and will be monitored throughout coming months.