Blackheath Gate improvements

What do we want to know:

We want to know your views on the proposals, so please take a look at the plan and complete the short questionnaire.

Description:

Please note, the plan can be viewed by clicking on the document at the bottom of this page.

Background

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is committed to providing high quality sustainable transport options for residents and visitors to the Borough. Walking and cycling reduce local air pollution and congestion, as well as improving public health.

Quietways are a London-wide network of safe, cross-borough quiet routes for cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. They are funded by Transport for London

Blackheath Gate forms the main southern entrance to Greenwich Park and sits on a key active travel route into and out of Greenwich Town Centre. Unfortunately, the junction has a poor road safety record with 26 collisions in the past 5 years, the vast majority involving eastbound vehicles not giving way to northbound cyclists.

This scheme’s objectives are therefore to:

  • Improve the safety of the junction for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Enhance an important local walking and cycling link
  • Improve the public realm
  • Deliver a design compatible with London bus services and London marathon

The proposals have been developed with The Royal Parks who are supportive of their implementation.

What are the proposed improvements?

  • Creation of raised pedestrian crossings on the west and east sides of the junction to slow vehicles and provide safer crossing points. The proposed surfacing will encourage pedestrians towards the western crossing where vehicle flows are lower and one way
  • Traffic calming measures on east and west sides of the junction to slow down vehicles approaching
  • Removal of vehicular access to Duke Humphrey Road, making it pedestrians and cycles only, to improve safety and improve visibility for vehicles approaching the junction
  • Removal of street clutter and signage where possible
  • Addition of grassed areas on Duke Humphrey Road to separate pedestrians and cyclists and create a space more in keeping with surroundings

How can I respond to the consultation?

Please complete the short online questionnaire to provide your feedback on the proposals.

What will be the impact of the proposed changes to Duke Humphrey Road?

The removal of vehicular access to Duke Humphrey Road will primarily impact coaches. Coaches are unsuitable for the cul-de-sac due to their size which makes manoeuvring in and out difficult. They can also reduce visibility of cyclists on Duke Humphrey Road for vehicles approaching the junction on Charlton Way.

The Council has recently installed sensors in all local coach parking bays to monitor their use. Currently coach parking in the area is free and unrestricted and the Council will continue to support appropriate usage which contributes to the local economy. However, we have discussed with local tourism partners that the only practical solution will require they play a more active role in the future.

To find out more about the proposals or request a paper copy of the consultation questionnaire, please call John Lynn on 020 8921 6000 or email:

transport-strategy@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Contact:

John Lynn

Directorate of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills

The Woolwich Centre
35 Wellington Street
London
SE18 6HQ

Project start date25 March 2019
Consultation end date19 April 2019
Results dueDue 22 April 2019
Methodology Online survey
Target audience All interested parties
Topic of consultation Transport