Plans to extend a new car park in Greenwich as a result of Silvertown Tunnel work is due to begin at the start of 2021.
This is a separate plan to 2,000 parking spaces approved this week alongside nearly 6,000 homes. That will follow after. This imminent project is a result of constructing a worksite for Silvertown Tunnel. It means some existing car parking and coach parking moving to a new car park being built which was supposed to see new homes beside the cable car – but new blocks linking up housing to the north and south is now many years away.
To ensure no loss of parking overall (despite Greenwich Council proclaiming the importance of lowering congestion on a regular basis), certain areas of existing parking space that will remain will in turn be double decked.
Work on the new car park will bring about 40 2-way HGV journeys a day by March 2021. The application from Riverlinx – who are building the PFI tunnel – states: “It is not considered necessary for these short term works to provide a Traffic Incidents Plan due to the low numbers of movements proposed and there being no events proposed in the O2 Arena due to the pandemic”.
This is despite HGV movements expected until June 2021 and a vaccine expected many months before that. The planned HGV route also takes vehicles past two schools on the Peninsula including the recently opened St Mary Magdalene.
A continual lack of action to improve streets for pedestrians in the area despite the new school and thousands of homes places primacy on vehicle movements despite a rapidly changing urban environment.
This week’s approval of thousands of homes again almost entirely ignores improvement work for this area, and we have to wonder if projects like Silvertown are why. Is keeping construction HGVs moving more important than a liveable area for the authority?
We see evidence of hostile design for pedestrians almost everywhere in the south of the Peninsula. There’s fast flowing traffic around large roundabout alongside numerous barriers, guardrails and obstacles for pedestrians plus a lack of crossings, particular on desire lines from homes and schools to amenities alongside poor lighting and dingy environments.
In addition to forthcoming construction work, a large number of trees to the north nearer the tube station and o2 will also be removed.
It will be one of the first major tangible signs of Silvertown Tunnel construction which will bring years of disruption. Roads will be narrowed near the o2, and given Greenwich’s poor enforcement of parking issues could see problems down the line. CCTV has been installed at one point near the bus station, but not all. Narrower roads and forthcoming attractions such as the Design District bringing more visitors could hamper bus reliability without strict enforcement to keep roads flowing.
Plans can be viewed here.