After years of almost continual faults at Greenwich foot tunnel a planning application has finally gone in for repairs and lift alterations.
The lifts have never worked properly since Greenwich Council embarked on an upgrade a decade ago. The old lifts with staff were removed for new glass-door lifts.
Other plans for new lighting and deep cleaning tiles were quietly dropped as project management on the £11.5 million project left much to be desired.
The current lifts have left cyclists and all pedestrians including those with mobility problems with no option but to climb stairs.
According to a new planning application, works comprise:
1) New lift car door operator to replace the current obsolete operator
2) New lift car and landing doors of half glass design as per network rail specification to accommodate the new car door operator
3) Replacement of the regen VVVF drives
4) Thorough clean of lift machine room and internal lift well areas
5) Redecoration of the lift pit area
6) New lift pit sump pump to eliminate risk with regards water ingress
Removal of staff as a cost-cutting measure has done the opposite with claims that damage has been caused to glass doors.
It’s quite likely a staff presence would have prevented such damage.
Staff also provided a presence that enabled a feeling of safety that is now removed.