Improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers between Greenwich and Woolwich Phase 1: Park Row to Angerstein Roundabout

Closes 31 Dec 2020

Opened 1 Jul 2020

Overview

As London continues to emerge from the lockdown we will need to help people to walk and cycle more often, to reduce demand for public and private transport to essential trips only.  

We are developing temporary proposals to help people walk, cycle and use the bus between Greenwich and Woolwich. We will deliver the temporary changes in phases: the first phase focuses in the most part on a section from Park Row to Angerstein roundabout, although it also includes new bus lanes on the section of Woolwich Road between Anchor and Hope Lane and the Woolwich Ferry roundabout. We will confirm what other temporary changes we will make from Angerstein roundabout to Woolwich later.   

The map below gives an overview of the changes we will be making. 

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Greenwich - Woolwich overview map (PDF 4.27MB)

In early 2020 we held a consultation on proposals for permanent improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers between Greenwich and Woolwich, with a particular focus on the Angerstein roundabout and the section from Anchor and Hope Lane to Woolwich Ferry roundabout. We continue to take into account all of the issues raised by respondents to the consultation, and will publish a Consultation Report and response to the issues raised once we have completed reviewing the issues raised.   

The A206 Woolwich Road is a key route linking Greenwich town centre with Charlton and Woolwich. It is amongst the top five per cent of routes in London which have the greatest potential for cycling to increase, but only if we build infrastructure to give people the confidence to cycle. From 2017-19 there were 249 collisions along Woolwich Road: 94 of these led to a pedestrian or cyclist becoming injured. Two cyclists were killed here also.  The Angerstein roundabout is a major barrier for cyclists and pedestrians, and was the site of one of the fatal collisions, in 2018.  

The temporary changes we will be making are:          

Improvements for cyclists and pedestrians

  • Providing a new temporary cycle track through the centre of Angerstein roundabout to provide a direct route east-west separated from motorised traffic, to improve road safety for cyclists and encourage everyone who can do so to cycle
  • We will make minor changes to help people cycle on Park Row and Old Woolwich Road, including providing new directional signage and on-street cycle logos, to help cyclists feel more assured and confident
  • We will widen the footway on the north eastern corner of the Blackwall Lane/Woolwich Road junction to provide more space for pedestrians and help people to socially distance

Improvements and changes for bus passengers

  • Removal of the section of bus lane on the eastbound approach to the A206/Blackwall Lane junction and reducing the number of traffic lanes on the approaches to the junction from two to one lanes eastbound and westbound. These changes are needed to create the space for the two-way cycle track
  • Providing new sections of bus lane on Blackwall Lane to help buses to run more reliably
  • As part of a bus improvement package, nearly 3km of new bus lane will be introduced to the nearside traffic lane in either direction between Anchor and Hope Lane and Woolwich Ferry Roundabout        
  • Relocating stop D (Vanbrugh Hill), P (Marlton Street), E and D (Kensing Road) and H (Rainton Road). Removing the bus stop at Calvert Road and stop J at Tyler Street. These changes are necessary to create space for the two-way cycle track. It is necessary to remove stop J because there is not enough space to allow vehicles to pass stationary buses using it. Owing to the temporary nature of this scheme, it is not possible to relocate bus shelters to new bus stop locations       

Changes to local access and parking, to support the improvements for cyclists, pedestrians and bus passengers

  • Making Christchurch Way no entry from Trafalgar Road for all traffic except cyclists and the emergency services. This will make it easier for cyclists who wish to turn right into Old Woolwich Road to do so, and it will reduce the potential for collisions between cyclists and traffic turning left or right into Christchurch Road. It will also help reduce rat running between Colomb Street and Christchurch Way helping to reduce the potential for queuing at the Christchurch Way/Trafalgar Road junction, which in turn would help buses to run more reliably
  • Making Rodmere Street no entry from Trafalgar Road except cyclists and the emergency services. If vehicles attempted to turn right into Rodmere Street from Trafalgar Road they could come into conflict with other vehicles moving through the junction unless we made Rodmere Street no entry. We will also allow traffic to travel in both directions on a small part of the one-way section on Rodmere Street, to ensure there is access from Vanbrugh Hill
  • Banning the right turn from Trafalgar Road into Vanburgh Hill for all traffic except buses and the emergency services. This is to avoid a situation where traffic on Trafalgar Road wishing to turn right onto Vanburgh Hill blocks traffic wishing to travel straight on. We will permit buses to turn right here because relatively few of them will need to do so, compared to other traffic
  • Closing entry to the northbound A102 slip road for all traffic except the emergency services. This will reduce the amount of traffic travelling through the Angerstein roundabout, which is a significant barrier to cycling and the site of a fatal collision in which a cyclist was killed in 2018. This will also address and reduce traffic rat running via the on and off slip roads to avoid queues on the A102. Traffic will still be able to access the A102 using Bugsby’s Way
  • Banning the right turn from Woolwich Road into Aldeburgh Street for all traffic except the emergency services. This will reduce the potential for collisions between cyclists and traffic turning right
  • We will relocate one parking space outside 35 Woolwich Road to make room for a cycle track to be introduced here. The bay will be relocated to the outside of the cycle track and reduced in length by around 2.5m. Passengers of vehicles using the relocated parking bay will step out onto a 1m area between the parking bay and the cycle track - this is to avoid the potential for ‘dooring’ (where cyclists collide with vehicle doors opened into their path - which is a major factor in cycling collisions across London)
  • We will relocate one parking space from outside 41 Woolwich Road  8m east, to the west side of Armitage Road
  • We will remove 5.6m and 3.6m of space from two of the parking spaces outside Frobisher Court on Old Woolwich Road.  We will remove 5m of parking space outside 54 Old Woolwich Road.
  • We will reduce the size of the parking bay on the east side of Lassell Street from 14m - 11m to enable large refuse lorries to turn into this street, when necessary  

These are described in more detail in the pack of maps below.  

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Greenwich - Woolwich layout maps (401KB)

Although we are not undertaking a formal consultation on any Streetspace schemes, we would like to know about your experiences of them. If you have any comments about the effects of our scheme, or suggestions for changes or improvements we might make, please let us know at: streetspacelondon@tfl.gov.uk  

We will continue to monitor the effects of these temporary changes over the coming months. This includes their effects on traffic flow, road safety and cycling and walking rates. We have written to local people, businesses and other stakeholders to explain what changes we have made and encouraged them to provide us their views and experiences of the changes. We will listen carefully to the feedback we receive.

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