Who Are We?
We are a group of residents in West Greenwich who live across the area and have come together as a community to tell our story. We want to explain why we are hugely supportive of this trial West Greenwich scheme and the Council in rolling out these LTN schemes across communities in the Borough which also suffer from excessive traffic on residential streets.
Why Take Area Wide Action?
For West Greenwich, RBG adopted a holistic strategy. Pre-lockdown, the traffic was so severe on individual roads that any piecemeal strategy would just lead to pushing traffic from one street onto another. Calls to just to reopen the West Greenwich LTN do not recognise that RBG needed to take action given the safety issues across West Greenwich as a result of dangerous and excessive traffic before the trial. Our streets are too narrow to cope with the high volumes of traffic and streams of large commercial vehicles and as residents we witnessed accidents, near misses, property damage, violence and daily abuse. The roads were gridlocked all times of the day. We have three school streets and a nursery made safer by the trial and RBG is working on other areas and school streets across the borough. Please see Safety & Swearing page.
Open and Exposed
West Greenwich became inundated with traffic as it was the only area with very few traffic deterrent measures prior to the LTN scheme, unlike other areas which received road treatments on a piecemeal basis over the years. Greenwich LTNs page, you will see just how exposed West Greenwich were compared to other areas.
Despite reports to the contrary, the LTN in West Greenwich has involved a lengthy three year engagement process with the Council and now an extensive consultation exercise.
The final trial option might not be everyone’s first choice but the Council modified the final trial to protect the Royal Hill shops and take account of the responses from past engagement events. The Highways Department did extensive reviews to provide this trial low traffic, liveable neighbourhood. Please refer to Working With Greenwich Council page.
There are also alarmist reports of emergency services taking longer because of the scheme in West Greenwich. In fact, the situation is unchanged in our area - the width restrictors provided access previously which needed opening from the south, whereas now the filters at the north of the roads have to be opened. Furthermore, the Chairman of London Ambulance Services, Heather Lawrence, has confirmed that LTNs have not caused delays for emergency services thus far.
The health benefits of LTNs is also so highly rated that Guy's & St Thomas's Charitable Trust will contribute funding toward a LTN scheme in Southwark. Please refer to Support & More Info page.
We recognise that the traffic is awful everywhere at the moment but this is for multiple reasons including Greenwich Park not permitting through traffic; LTNs in place across Greenwich and other boroughs; Waze directing traffic down residential roads; numerous road works, the new Cycleway in East Greenwich, extra lorry traffic for Thames Tideway programme and not least because at this time, private vehicle use is up and roads at 93% capacity.
Drivers can still get in their cars and drive anywhere with a bit of planning.
Traffic on Blackheath Hill appears to be running more smoothly since the scheme as there is less stopping and starting from large volumes joining from West Greenwich.
Please refer to the Myth Busting page for answers to this and other FAQs.
This is the voice of the many in West Greenwich who strongly support our councillors and RBG Council in its strategy to work towards a greener Greenwich to reduce pollution for all by making people reconsider local car journeys or making it more difficult for those out of area drivers to cut through residential areas. Please refer to Support & More Info and Contact pages to feedback to consultations and support.
Idle cars in evening peaks at the top of Hyde Vale emitting fumes. This was the case on West Grove and Point Hill.
Traffic come off and rejoin A2 via West Greenwich solely to avoid the slow sections of Blackheath Hill. Narrow residential and highly pedestrianised streets of West Greenwich which were virtually devoid of traffic deterrent measures became busy and unsafe while roads such as A2211, which is at least twice as wide and designated to take volume and load, were virtually unused.
Van mounts pavements again.
Daily tailback from A2 General Wolfe Rd all the way to the bottom of Crooms Hill.