Transport for London have opened a recharging point for electric vehicles near the Woolwich ferry and Woolwich High Street.
They’re branding it as an electric “petrol station” and the site’s footprint is pretty big.
What strikes me is what a waste of land. The charging points are fine, but in a housing crises and with TfL desperate for money, why underuse such a site?
Build some bloody housing above it.
Whether it’d be social housing to ease mass shortages or expensive riverside flats to bring in money to improve London’s public transport (or a mix of the two), at least they’d be a social good.
Remodel the extensive roundabout alongside and further land could be gained for homes.
The site is only a few metres from the Thames (albeit with an ambulance station and ferry works). It’d offer great views from upper floors.
Noisy? Give it triple glazing, or even move the ambulance station a few hundred metres west to the industrial areas to free up more land for homes.
It’d make next to no difference to journey times.
The location is also excellent for Crossrail and sustainable transport. By not building homes on sites like this, more is built in car-dependent areas whether they be electric or petrol.
Where’s the ambition?
All well and good to find reasons not to do things, but there’s 23,000 on the Greenwich borough waiting list and 1400+ in emergency and temporary housing.
Petrol station future
TfL calling it an electric “petrol station” does raise the question of what future for petrol stations as electric car use grows. Will we see many close as people charge from homes?
Or in cities where home charging isn’t easy, rebuilds of various plots with residential unit above to assist with housing demand?