Pedestrian injured at notorious Greenwich junction

A man in his 50s was injured yesterday after bring hit by a motorbike in east Greenwich.

The incident occurred at the junction of Vanbrugh Hill with witnesses reporting a two hour wait for an ambulance.

Looking towards Vanbrugh Hill

For many months – in fact years – many have stated how dangerous the junction is, with vehicles travelling the wrong way down Vanbrugh Hill to name one major problem.

Enforcement of parking in the vicinity is also non-existent, as previous posts have highlighted.


When you hear “notorious junction” in Greenwich you may be forgiven for thinking which one?

Lord knows there’s enough of them. TfL and Greenwich Council love to pass the buck when it comes to rectifying the issue.

This particular junction sees all approaches being Greenwich borough maintained roads which contravenes modern street design standards.

Straight out the 1970s. Cycle lane now installed but fundamental flaws remain

However, TfL do manage signals and there’s very short green phases for pedestrians to cross in the area.

Even Greenwich leisure centres aren’t helping with Better draping numerous advertising panels over railings near crossings obscuring pedestrians behind approaching the junction.

Clutter abounds as do banners obscuring pedestrians

Vanbrugh Hill itself is a mess of a road, with poor driving seen on a daily basis.

A yellow box junction has been installed on the junction yet is so small it doesn’t prevent many issues.

Banner attached to guardrail in Greenwich limit visibility

Cars are often badly parked and drive down cycle lanes frequently.

Authorities can’t honestly plead ignorance given they’ve been warned many times. They will though, and they’ll keep passing the buck as they’ve done before.

Given the junction contravenes modern street design and Greenwich have ignored TfL requests for funding twice in two recent planning applications alone, it’s probably fair to expect little to happen from that direction.

Pavement parking in the area. 

TfL would need to change signal timings, while Greenwich spent money on enforcements and agreeing to modern design practices.

I fear it’ll take a few (at least) more injuries or worse until things change.

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J Smith

I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

2 thoughts on “Pedestrian injured at notorious Greenwich junction

  • Tfl / local councils traffic management is not about efficiency/ safety/ flow of yraffic /pedestrians nor promote business BUT OF HOW TO FINE MAKE MONEY FROM MOTORIST / CREATE CONGESTION so to get more funding for Overpaid twits! The voters faults as they voted these councilors/ Sadiq Khan so I have no sympathy. I avoid the area Now.

  • I hope the man goes on to make a full recovery. People have complained about this junction for years but no one ever listens. Does not matter if roads are managed by Greenwich Council or TFL Highways it tends to be a case of shut up and put up with it.


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