New plan announced for Greenwich Town Centre


During the consultation at Davenport house last weekend, a number of Conservatives responded to the Council's preferred option for a one-way gyratory system clockwise on Creek Rd, Greenwich Church St, Greenwich High Rd and Norman Rd.


Among comments made to different Conservatives visiting the consultation were:


  • There is currently no funding set aside for the pedestrianisation.

  • That the new traffic layout would not be ready for the 2012 Olympics.

  • The cost of the gyratory system alone would be £3.5m.


Greenwich West Conservatives’ Ryan Acty said “The key problem with the scheme is that it does not shift traffic away from Greenwich Town Centre. It may create a better flow (although I suspect a number of minor roads will be turned into rat-runs) but it will do nothing to reduce the actual amount of traffic using our town centre. A proper plan would try to get more cars and lorries onto the A2 and avoiding Greenwich altogether.”


Peninsula Conservatives’ Malcolm Reid added “As a cyclist I would like to see the cycle lanes completely separate from those for traffic along the whole gyratory. In the sections where a one way system is suggested there will be enough space and it would really encourage cycling by making it safer in Greenwich.”


Our photo shows the Leader of Greenwich Conservative Councillors and the Parliamentary Candidate for Greenwich and Woolwich in 2010 Cllr Spencer Drury is shown visiting the exhibition in Devonport House. Spencer said “These plans have good points and bad points and we have responded to the consultation to try and ensure that the drawbacks are removed. I am concerned that in these difficult financial times there may not be the funding for this scheme, however, we will have to wait and see what the Council’s intentions are.”