Want a chat about the foot tunnel?

Funny how this comes out via someone on Lewisham Council, but hey – that’s democracy in Greenwich for you. File under “campaigns you won’t read about in Greenwich Time” – from Lee Green councillor Brian Robson’s blog

1,500-2,000 cyclists use the Greenwich foot tunnel every day to cross the River Thames, and I know some of them are commuters from Lee Green who do the ride across Blackheath and down through Greenwich Park each day. The tunnel is due for refurbishment, and part of this will involve replacement of the lifts and then closure of the tunnel completely for a period. Obviously this is going to cause some problems for regular users, particularly cyclists.

My Lib Dem colleague Caroline Pidgeon AM has arranged a meeting with representatives of Lewisham and Greenwich cyclists tomorrow night. Caroline will be at the Greenwich end of the tunnel from 6pm until 7pm tomorrow night (Tues 25th August) and will be joined by Cllr Chris Maines (Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Lewisham Council) and Greenwich Councillor Paul Webbewood (from our neighbouring ward of Middle Park & Sutcliffe).

Caroline wants to discuss cyclists concerns about the closure and possible alternatives measures Greenwich Council should take during the closure. Caroline’s the Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, so is well-placed to stand up for cyclists on this issue. Please do feel free to pop along if you’d like to discuss this issue with Caroline.

The cynic in me would just like to add that the Lib Dems aren’t totally doing this out of the goodness of their own heart – they’ll be targeting the Greenwich West ward where the south side of the foot tunnel is at next May’s council election.

But fair play to them for taking the issue seriously, and Caroline Pidgeon’s got a good track record of highlighting transport issues in London, so it’s good to see at least some local politicians taking an interest in the foot tunnel, and recognising it’s an issue that isn’t just restricted to a small area of Greenwich.