A notorious east Greenwich junction is again seeing chaotic driving as the area resembles a free-for-all on a daily basis.
In recent weeks daily videos have been filmed of many drivers heading the wrong way down the road and jumping red lights. Regular school parties cross the road heading to the Greenwich Centre swimming pool.
That leisure centre even adds to the problem by attaching adverts to guardrail obscuring pedestrians behind from drivers. This is basic stuff *not* to do for road safety.
Last year police were in the area but after one or two days disappeared and havn’t been seen since.
Greenwich council used plastic barriers in recent weeks which appeared to do little apart from block a pedestrian crossing. They were removed after a couple of days.
The authority put out a news story yesterday about a carbon neutral plan and reducing car use. It’s the latest of many. They come along every year or two and little happens.
If we look at the main picture again take a look at the sign; it’s pointing the way to a school with an eventual capacity of 1,600 pupils.
Has that school or areas nearby seen much in the way of streetscape improvements with an associated increase in pedestrians? No.
Previous reports that stated encouraging walking achieved nothing to improve matters and introduce basic measures in much of the area.
While many drivers in daily queues around here are those undertaking long journeys, many will be local people driving short journeys.
With such dire public realm many people will not switch transport modes
It’s dirty, ugly, unsafe, isolated and with little thought for those on foot or cycling.
This is all very much groundhog day stuff but with upcoming elections politicians may start demanding more of failing departments.
Perhaps it’s unlikely though. Since formally adopting the latest carbon reduction report, developments before the Planning Board show the Planning Department are still ignoring allocating income to improving public space and better streets.
Back to east Greenwich and despite daily notification, petitions and numerous attempts to gain action from politicians, people are still seeing chaotic driving every single day.