The benefits of making Greenwich town centre easier to navigate for pedestrians seemed to be outweighed by intention to create a much larger gyratory which would affect bus routes and make certain journeys much longer for local motorists.
Not only does it seem that Greenwich Council and its transport advisers are out of step with the general trend to remove gyratories (New Cross is a perfect example of many in London which are being restored to their two-way road systems), but recent research by the council has also revealed that the gyratory would increase traffic levels on other streets such as Circus Street and Burney Street (although equally it would reduce traffic levels on other streets).
Many cyclists are concerned about the negative impact it will have on cycling in the area; higher traffic speeds and a reduction of freedom of movement for cyclists. Deptfordians who cycle from here to Greenwich also fear that Norman Road will become a huge barrier to travel.
It’s also likely to screw up bus routes, too – notably the 199 from Lewisham to Deptford and Surrey Quays. It’s being held at the Prince of Greenwich pub (the old Prince Albert) in Royal Hill at 8pm, and is organised by the West Greenwich Conservation Area Residents Association – a title you wouldn’t to try to say after a few drinks in said boozer…
Two local councillors and two officers are due to attend, after the council’s almost complete no-show at a meeting in July.
I’m also keeping an eye on just what’s happening with the council’s consultation on this flawed scheme, after hearing reports of at least one little-publicised “public” meeting last month – especially considering the attitude of the council’s contractor, Hyder Consulting, to criticism of how it is being handled. If you know anything, please pass it on.