Charlton loses out on low-traffic schemes as Streetspace funding revealed

Victoria Way
This rat-run on Victoria Way will remain in place

Charlton has missed out on a scheme to cut traffic in side streets after Greenwich Council was only given less than a third of the £4 million it wanted for walking and cycling projects.

Plans had been revealed last month for a network of backstreet cycle routes through parts of the borough that would have included Marlborough Lane, Victoria Way, Charlton Park, Charlton Lane and Anchor & Hope Lane.

However, these have disappeared from council maps after the council received only £1.26m in Streetspace funding, mostly from Transport for London. Proposals for a segregated cycle lane on Charlton Road have also disappeared.

The Charlton Champion has established that plans to close some roads in Charlton to motor vehicles were included in a borough-wide bid to the Department of Transport for money. While the £100,000 bid was successful, the plans for Charlton have not gone ahead.

Transport for London analysis of the need for low traffic neighbourhoods – the darker the colour, the greater the need (more details)

This is despite the area between the A102 and Woolwich town centre being marked in TfL analysis as the one with the greatest need in the borough for “low traffic neighbourhoods”, where through motor traffic is blocked and walking and cycling encouraged. The criteria included the high population, low car ownership and high levels of deprivation.

Greenwich’s original proposals for cycle routes (including some existing routes such as the Thames Path and TfL proposals such as Woolwich Road)
What’s actually happening: Greenwich Council’s new map of Streetspace schemes (blue dots denote extra pavement space in town centres, green dots School Streets schemes)

However, there will be a segregated cycle route on Shooters Hill Road and Old Dover Road, which aims to link Greenwich Free School, Halley Academy, Leigh Academy and John Roan School. This is due to be completed by September, for the start of the school year.

Separate TfL plans for a segregated cycle route along Woolwich Road are still going ahead, with a route from Greenwich town centre via the Old Royal Naval College and Old Woolwich Road to Charlton Church Lane marked as phase one, and from there to Woolwich town centre as phase two.

School Streets schemes, which involve closing streets outside schools at pick-up and drop-off times, have already been put in place at Charlton Manor and Invicta schools.

For more details on what is happening elsewhere in the borough, see our sister site 853.


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