Barriers have been removed from part of the one-way system in Greenwich town centre.
The town centre scheme appeared to please no one with cyclists and pedestrians – who it was supposed to assist – complaining it blocked certain crossings and forced cyclists into narrow stretches alongside vehicles.
A dedicated cycle lane shown in documents submitted to TfL – and only revealed via a Freedom of Information request – never appeared.
Cyclists heading to the area from new lanes in east Greenwich were to meet dangerous conditions in the town centre.
As is common, apparently no one locally was told about this change today for a project which cost £120,000 to install – nor what changes will appear to link into the new cycle lane to the east. It appears not all barriers will be going – and the stretch shown in the main picture often sees illegal parking blocking the road.
There is no obligation under emergency traffic orders to consult in advance. However many councils did create websites to feed back information and presented detailed plans. Greenwich did not do so. Authorities must consult while in operation to see if they should be altered. Again, no easy to use website to do so.
Greenwich Council now seem in almost complete shutdown when it comes to transparency and engagement on this and other issues – even when compared with long running secrecy. They are not responding to many residents on various issues via email according to readers of this site, the council leader ignores questions on social media from many (I’ve asked about protecting existing cycle lanes from parking in Charlton meeting new cycle lane in east Greenwich over a dozen times) and even the press office is no longer replying to this site or others.
It’s not new – see how for years they didn’t publish how and where income from developers was spent until forced by law – but now are pushing even further at doing the bare minimum to keep people informed.