New Greenwich footbridge installed – but any change to local area?

In recent weeks the main span of a new footbridge has been installed in Greenwich in advance of more traffic lanes being constructed below as part of Silvertown tunnel work.

The existing accessible footbridge is being removed to make way for a wider road, and for many years approach paths for pedestrians have been dire.

New wider span to accommodate wider roads

Now the span is in with further work underway for access ramps and stairs, is there any sign of improvements for pedestrians and cyclists?

In a word, no.

State of area not the best

Despite Transport for London’s cycling czar continuing to promote the bridge as beneficial for cyclists and pedestrians, it merely replaces one accessible bridge with another for road widening while both Tunnel Avenue to one side and Boord Street remain hostile and off-putting for active travel.

Greenwich Council are still not cleaning Tunnel Avenue. At all. Months if not years of rubbish is evident along the entire road which acts as a link between east Greenwich and Greenwich pen

Boord Street sees cars regularly parked on pavements along both sides. Strangely most are expensive cars. Why expensive cars aren’t being ticketed is interesting.

But even if cars aren’t there, pavements are obstructed by street clutter and various obstacles regardless.

Not great

For all the PR, this area remains awful on foot and the new bridge right now appears a way to add more road lanes rather than encourage active travel.

A new bridge, new towers now underway nearby and two further towers submitted last week a short distance away yet the same old story remains either side.

Two new towers nearby

Transport strategies, cycling czars and all the rest mean little without actual signs of improvement, and none evident here.

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    2 thoughts on “New Greenwich footbridge installed – but any change to local area?

    • The dirty bit of Tunnel Avenue should be reported again. I found that at the Blackwall Lane/Trafalgar Road intersection the refurbished parts are already being neglected. Parts from previous works left lying around, dead plants, tripping hazard from broken pavement. I’ve already reported this several times, with photos.
      The broken lights on the path towards the footbridge to the IMAX were only repaired after putting on additional pressure. The normal reporting procedure does not work.

      • Yep there’s no routine maintenance or cleaning whatsoever even though local population has risen either side bringing additional income to do so.


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