A consultation has commenced on possible changes to areas around Plumstead station including an underpass which will act as a link between 2,300 homes and Plumstead station.
Work is desperately needed for both existing residents and those set to move in.
Work covers the area below the flyover which acts as a main pedestrian route to the Sorting Office as well as the entrance to the Ridgeway which runs atop the Southern Outfall sewer.
Despite cosmetic work in recent years such as murals the area still has major issues. Dumped rubbish sits for months. Basic maintenance isn’t undertaken.
This video shows a walk through the site.
With work well underway at developments in the near vicinity it’s a somewhat belated time to begin looking to improve. However, better late than never.
It should be noted when both those projects were approved, Greenwich planners opted to allocate next to nothing to improve this area via Section 106 payments.
Hopefully this completes before residents begin to move in.
There’s cycle parking visualised underneath the flyover but really, who is every going to leave bikes here unless the parking is extremely secure? It’d be far better directly outside the station in an area of high visibility.
Changes in the area shouldn’t have taken so long with chances for more income to improve missed again hen plans for 1,750 homes at Lombard Square were bumped up by another couple of hundred, following on from a number of earlier approvals at three sites in recent years.
It’s not like their wasn’t any planning strategy or document in place that should have guided work. The Plumstead Area Framework highlighted issues when adopted back in 2016.
Given the underpass is far from enticing many walk on the flyover currently, though with narrow paving its barely built for it as things stand let alone with thousands of new residents moving in nearby.
The consultation sees widened paving though also retains three traffic lanes. This could well still act as a congested pinch point upon completion of new housing.
A toucan crossing will also be located closer to the junction.
The road outside the station entrance will be altered with the removal of substantial space within lanes.
There’s also plans to move the bus stops on the A206. These are notorious for poor and illegal parking which Greenwich regularly fail to act upon.
In the past 130 bus drivers have petitioned the authority over safety concerns due to poor parking. Over the past year serious incidents have occurred including the death of one pedestrian and others seriously injured.
The issue continues to be a major issue with little enforcement. Whether they will enforce post-improvement both is a key question.
Without it pedestrians will remain at risk.
@Royal_Greenwich @TfL this was Plumstead Stn bus lane yesterday afternoon, absolute disgrace that you're not enforcing the parking at this location, every day it's like this. pic.twitter.com/wHJTRvQtyG
— Leyton Wylde (@Wildster180774) July 22, 2023
The authority did set up a CCTV camera to monitor parking on the eastbound stretch of road well away from this area – where few problems ever existed – but not on the westbound stretch where cars park across the pelican crossing and in the bus lane.
Yep, they ignored the area that has seen numerous complaints from residents, 130 bus drivers and the scene of various incidents.
While changes are welcome unless they enforce safety will remain down the list of Greenwich Council’s apparent priorities, and like many other areas of public realm improvement it’ll fall apart.
Still, there’s no doubting there’s some very positive things here.
To view details and comment on plans click here.