Conservatives write to residents about roadworks on A2

From Spencer Drury, PPC for Greenwich & Woolwich

While out canvassing in Greenwich West, Peninsula and Blackheath Westcombe wards, it became clear that many residents were finding it difficult to cope with the disruption caused by the roadworks on the A2, but had little idea why these works existed.  As a result, this Saturday Conservatives from across Greenwich delivered or gave a letter to residents from Parliamentary Spokesman Cllr Spencer Drury.  The letter was very well received and Greenwich Conservatives are pleased that they could be of help to residents.  The letter reads:-
"Dear Resident,

RE:      Roadworks on the A2

Over recent weeks local Conservatives and I have been canvassing across the Greenwich area and it has become clear that residents have not been fully informed of the reason for the roadworks on Blackheath Hill and Shooters Hill which are causing such congestion and delay across the area. As a result I thought it might be useful to write to update you on the current situation.
As I am sure you are aware, the roadworks were started on 15th February and are scheduled to last for approximately eight weeks. I understand that the main purpose of the roadworks is:-
v      Full reconstruction of the carriageway
v      An improved drainage system
v      Installation of new street lighting
v      Improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
Local Conservatives have contacted Transport for London (TfL) to express concern that the work seems only to be happening at limited times and maybe it could be completed more quickly. In response, we have received reassurances that although TfL did consider working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it was felt this would cause undue disturbance to residents who live near to the works. As a result, the work should be completed daily from 6am to 10pm, unless problems (like working around a gas main) stop work early as they did on 26th February. However, having monitored the work, we remain concerned that the times we have been given do not reflect the time work is being finished and would be grateful if resdients could let our local activists know if they feel the works are not continuing until 10pm. The contact name depends on the ward concerned and are laid out below:-
v      Greenwich West Ward:                Simon Gallie (,                                                      or Ryan Acty ( 
v      Blackheath Westcombe Ward:      Cllr Geoffery Brighty & Cllr Alex Wilson (details                                                       overleaf) or Elizabeth Drury.
v      Peninsula Ward:                           Charles Easton, Malcolm Reid                                                ( or Toks Bailey                                                        (
Greenwich Conservatives have also asked that TfL regard eight weeks as a deadline rather than an approximate estimate of when the works should finish. 
If you would like more details on the roadworks, TfL issued a press release which can be found at

. Please do not hesitate to contact me or Gareth Bacon (our Conservative GLA Assembly member) if you have any further questions.

Yours faithfully,

Cllr Spencer Drury

Leader of Greenwich Conservatives
Parliamentary Spokesman for Greenwich and Woolwich"