Improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers between Greenwich and Woolwich Phase 1b: Woolwich Road from Aldeburgh Street to Anchor and Hope Lane

Closes 31 Dec 2021

Opened 1 Jul 2020


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 focused in the most part on a section from Park Row to Angerstein roundabout, and is likely to be finished by mid-December 2020.

The next set of temporary changes we will make continue from Angerstein roundabout (Aldeburgh Street) along Woolwich Road to the junction with Anchor and Hope Lane. Construction is expected to take place between January and March 2021.

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

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Greenwich - Woolwich Phase 1b overview map (PDF 4.82MB)

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 5% 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  

  • A two-way segregated cycle track will be provided on the northern side of the A206 to help encourage people to cycle more as an alternative to public or private transport
  • The eastbound Rainton Road (Stop H), Woolwich Road/Victoria Way and Woolwich Road/Gallions Road bus stops will become bus stop bypasses. These will allow cyclists to safely pass a stationary bus by using the cycle track. Bus passengers will need to cross the cycle track using a raised zebra crossing to wait on an island to access the bus
  • In order to create the space to introduce the cycle track, the existing pedestrian refuge islands will need to be repositioned, so they are between the cycle track and the traffic lanes. We have sought to keep these in their current location so that people can continue to cross at these points
  • Segregated with-flow cycle lanes will be provided between Gallions Road and Anchor and Hope Lane in both directions
  • A cycle gate will be provided on the eastbound approach to the junction with Anchor and Hope Lane. A ‘cycle gate’ is a method of giving cyclists some time and space to move away from a junction ahead of motorised vehicles and relies on there being two sets of signals and two stop lines for cyclists - the first acts as a ‘gate’ to allow cyclists into a ‘cycle reservoir’ ahead of general traffic to await a green light at the second stop line
  • Improved Advanced Stop Lines for cycles will be provided on the eastern and western arms of the Anchor and Hope Lane junction  

Improvements and changes for bus passengers  

  • New eastbound bus lane between Maze Hill and Old Woolwich Road. This will help maintain bus reliability following the removal of the eastbound bus lane between Whitworth Street and Colomb Street as part of the first phase of works, so that the new cycle track could be introduced

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

  • Introduce a signal junction at Gallions Road. This will give westbound cyclists enough time to safely cross the road and join the two-way cycle track, whilst motor vehicles are held at a red signal
  • No entry into Gallions Road from Woolwich Road. Restricting access will make the new signal junction more efficient as there are less traffic movements to accommodate, it also allows us to locate the signal equipment in the mouth of the junction, minimising the distance a cyclist must travel to cross the road. all of which reduces the time vehicles must wait at a red signal. Motorists can still access Gallions Road via Bugsby’s Way

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

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Greenwich - Woolwich Phase 1b layout maps (PDF 375KB)

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.

We held an online community event on Monday 14 December and a recording of the event is below. 


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