Pedestrianisation of Greenwich Town Centre

The Labour Councils plans for the pedestrianisation of Greenwich Town Centre appear to be yet another poorly thought out scheme related to the 2012 Olympic games.

Although the current layout of the centre is not the greatest, the proposed changes would make the situation considerably worse.

The proposed changes to Greenwich South Street, College Approach and King William Walk will remove traffic from a small area of the Town Centre while increasing traffic to the rest of the area.   The two options which have been put forward for what happens to traffic going west after it leaves Nelson Road are:   Option 1 The traffic would turn right into Greenwich Church Street, which would also become two-way. This option would almost certainly lead to enormous traffic congestion at the junction by St Alfege Church and is thus, probably “unworkable.”   Option 2 The Council’s preferred option, involves turning the whole of west Greenwich into a giant gyratory system. Greenwich High Road (from the town centre to the North Pole pub) would become one-way, westbound-only. The whole of Norman Road would become one-way, northbound-only. Creek Road (between the top of Norman Road and the town centre) would become one-way, eastbound-only.   Traffic on Greenwich Church Street would double under Option 1 and increase somewhat under Option 2 Simon Gallie, Conservative activist said. ”Greenwich Council have ignored the Town Centre for a number of years preferring to only concentrate on Woolwich and now they come up with this idea....They should leave us alone for another 10 years!”   The benefits of all these proposals are negligible, and the impact to the already strained area would be considerable.   Ryan Acty also from Greenwich Conservatives considers the proposed changes to be ill thought out and the impact on would not only cause further problems for Greenwich residents and businesses, but it will also have a derisory affect on bus services within Greenwich.
Andrew Gilligan, writing on greenwich.co.uk has also stated that the claims made at a 3-day public exhibition admitted that no modelling had been done on how the proposed changes would affect traffic flows, The consultation period for the proposals comes to an end on 15th January 2009.
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