Slow down: 20mph speed limit on way for Charlton Village

Charlton Village has been blighted by speeding drivers for decades

Charlton Village is to get a 20 mph speed restriction under a new road safety scheme from Greenwich Council.

The Village has been blighted by speeding traffic for many years, with one driver recently managing to take out part of one of the raised flower beds.

Now there will be a 20mph restriction between the Springfield Estate and the junction with Fairfield Grove. Speed limits on the stretches of road towards Woolwich and Blackheath will remain unchanged – including the stretch of Hillreach where three teenagers died in a collision with an out-of-service bus in 2008.

A driver’s handiwork in The Village

Speed tables will also be constructed in Charlton Road, The Village and Charlton Church Lane, while there will be parking restrictions at the junctions of Victoria Way and Eastcombe Avenue with Charlton Road.

“Continuous footways” will be introduced along Charlton Road in an attempt to nudge people into driving more considerately in and out of Invicta Road, Sherington Road, Wyndcliff Road, Couthurst Road, Hassendean Road, Bramhope Lane, Mascalls Road, Cherry Orchard and Victoria Way.

Other south London boroughs, including Lewisham and Southwark, have introduced blanket 20mph zones across their areas, using these as a basis to target particular areas where speeding traffic is a problem, but Greenwich has been reluctant to follow suit in this approach.

No details have been placed online, but further details can be obtained from Greenwich Council’s traffic team at traffic.team[at]royalgreenwich.gov.uk quoting reference 02-20-CRC. Objections can be sent to the same address by 18 March.

A speed table will be placed here on Charlton Road

The 20mph traffic restriction was touched upon in a wide-ranging discussion about transport and infrastructure in the Charlton area held by a council scrutiny panel last month, which you can watch below. It is chaired by Charlton councillor Gary Parker and features his ward colleague Linda Perks, as well as the senior council officer in charge of transport, Graham Nash, who also presented a report to the panel.


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