Greenwich Thames wall defects near Cutty Sark means Thames Path closure

Works to improve the river wall in Greenwich along the Thames is set to be undertaken in 2022.

The Environment Agency are now consulting on work set to be undertaken in 2022 and lasting four months from near the Cutty Sark to Horseferry Place.

EA state:

During inspections of the flood defences in the previous project phases, various defects were found, increasing the risk of failure and impacting on their ability to act as a flood defence.

These defects were found to be growing in size and number, requiring, at one flood defence, temporary works to slow their progression.

The key defects include severe cracking and damage of the wall caused by historic tree growth and substantial cavities causing brickwork to detach from the wall’s main body, as well as further mortar and brick loss.

A diversion will be in place for pedestrians and cyclists:

There will be a signposted diversion route for pedestrians and cyclists. The footpath will be closed at either end of the site and a diversion set up as on the plan stored on the project website.

Signs will be installed at each closure point and printed maps detailing the diversion route will be clearly visible. The diversion route will run down Horseferry Place, along Thames Street and Welland Street, and then back down Greenwich Church Street towards the river to re-join the footpath.

This diversion route is step-free and uses designated crossing points.

The project is part of Thames Estuary Asset Management (TEAM) 2100 Programme running until 2025, which is repairing river walls in various places.

To find out more information about planned work, click here.


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