Transport for London have announced further changes to a junction in east Greenwich due to ongoing problems.
On Blackwall Lane a new stop line will be introduced for westbound vehicles owing to some vehicles driving through green lights stage for pedestrians.
Woolwich Road will see additional road markings to reinforce the direction of traffic lanes.
For as long as can be remembered – since Greenwich District Hospital resided on one side – the junction has been an ugly mess, with swathes of tarmac in the middle of a busy shopping area.
Since then a major civic centre and hundreds more homes have been constructed at Greenwich Square.
Over the past year, a segregated cycle lane was installed through the junction. Rodmere Street also closed at the junction of Trafalgar Road plus some street clutter removed.
Other changes occurred prior to that in a separate project in 2019. An area of greenery on one corner was created as part of a separate project.
Yet many of the problems remain, and it hasn’t been plain sailing with vehicles regularly attempting to drive into the cycle lane.
Vehicles are also regularly travelling the wrong way down roads into opposing traffic and crossing pedestrians on Vanbrugh Hill.
The junction has long been – and still remains – a pretty embarrassing indictment of poor street design coupled to a lack of care and pride in the environment from authorities.
The last year does little to dispel that.
A large amount of street clutter – both permanent and temporary – still drags the area down.
The junction is on the main route via foot from many new homes on the Peninsula to the Greenwich Centre – but the walk is enough to put anyone off. This junction is just one that isn’t pleasant to cross on foot.
Given the centre has been struggling with declining membership long before the pandemic, improving links to thousands of new homes is a no-brainer you’d have thought.
For the third time in three years work will be undertaken to alter the area. I don’t think it’ll be the last.