Safety of pedestrians and cyclists considered in new town centre plan

LRSC Greenwich Liveable Neighbourhood

Greenwich Council is asking residents for views on how to make its town centre less congested, safer for active travel and more efficient for business deliveries.

Launching new proposals to improve Greenwich town centre, which has operated a one-way system since the 1970s, the council acknowledges there is currently almost no provision for cyclists – while pavements are narrow.

The council says is has learned from previous efforts, and is now seeking views on the ‘general layout’ that has been proposed. It adds that views from local people will be worked into more detailed proposals.

Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald, cabinet member for air quality, public realm and transport, said:

“It’s essential that we improve air quality and safety for local residents, visitors and cyclists as well as making the most efficient use of street space for businesses.

“We want to reduce traffic cutting through Greenwich town centre without simply diverting it onto neighbouring residential streets, and the views of local people in achieving this are a key element to any future scheme.”  

The proposals are part of the Liveable Neighbourhood programme. set up by the mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) to fund projects that encourage walking, cycling and use of public transport.

Penny Rees, TfL head of network sponsorship, said:

“We are working with London’s boroughs like Greenwich to help them redesign local streets and put people first – making them better, safer and cleaner places.

“Greenwich’s successful bid to transform the area was down to their commitment to make their popular, historic town centre more accessible for walking and cycling. By delivering the Healthy Streets Approach, we aim to improve air quality and the quality of life for everyone in London.”

Residents have until 17 February to have their say.

17 January 2019