New Greenwich Radisson hotel to open – and ignores nearby railway station
After many years of delay a new hotel will soon open in Greenwich in a less than appealing site.
The Radisson Red is set to open on Blackwall Lane beside the A102. It’s a pretty horrible walk from North Greenwich tube with little done to improve that over many years.
One of the best ways for tourists to reach the site (if physically fit) from central London is a train either on Thameslink or Southeastern from various London stations such as St Pancras, Kings Cross or London Bridge that link easily with other rail services, then head towards Maze Hill and walk. Well, that’s what I’d do. Maze Hill is 12 minutes from London Bridge.
However if we look at the hotel’s travel guide it actually lists those flying to City Airport first (!) and then the tube. As a budget brand I hardly think many will arrive from City Airport. It then lists other airports but at no stage does it mention using rail despite frequent and fast links from central London. It also highlights parking. But nothing about rail.
This means many will inevitably use the tube, and then try to walk from North Greenwich through the Peninsula. It was always likely that many visitors would arrive via the tube (even without the hotel telling them to) which is exactly why even a modest amount of income derived from developers should have been spent improving pedestrian links – but hasn’t in the area each and every time a development is approved. It’ll be a grim first introduction to the Royal borough if they do walk though bleak and windswept roads set up almost solely for traffic:
The hotel encourage people to walk which will lead below the A102 flyover and slip roads, stating to head to “North Greenwich Station. From here, you can either take the 422 bus for 1 stop to Tunnel Avenue, or walk directly to the hotel”. Many will think what’s the point of a bus for one stop, I’ll walk it. It’s pretty amazing no one at Greenwich planning or the Planning Board thought of this and insisted on modest income to improve the pedestrian experience.
It wouldn’t take much. Improved lighting, art work, signage, better sightlines, less clutter.
In addition, ignoring links south via Maze Hill station will also hamper business in the area who could benefit from passing trade. They could do with many tourists heading by on the way to and from central London.
As it is, they won’t see many. Neither the authority or the hotel are doing much to assist tourists or local business.
This isn’t the only Greenwich hotel with inadequate pedestrian links. The former Greenwich Magistrates Court lacks a signalised pedestrian crossing at a junction directly outside, which is encountered when heading to the site from a nearby DLR station, and a new Travelodge on the Peninsula sees minimal changes. While improved from the first application, it still sees little income allocated to improved pedestrian links to and from North Greenwich station.
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