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Is the tide turning? Progress on Greenwich’s Thames Path

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Thames Path. Greenwich, 2 February 2013
One of the first big barneys on this site was over the closure – well, destruction – of the Thames Path at Lovell’s Wharf in Greenwich, and the council’s subsequent grovelling to developers after that.

Of course, the developers then downed tools after finishing the first phase, leaving a flooded hole in the ground where the future developments promised by the council’s propaganda weekly should have been.

But work’s recently recommenced, and nearly three years after the fences came down and people realised the path had been destroyed, Durkan Homes has finally replaced it. It actually opened on 11 January, and huge credit must go to local councillor Mary Mills, who cut the ribbon that day.

Looking back at the original May 2010 post, mind, it’s striking just how many of the complaints – of poor communication and council arrogance – still ring true now, particularly in light of recent events. And that was just after an election…

Further up the path, there’s some dramatic progress along the remaining closed section of the path, between Delta Wharf and Drawdock Road, just next to the Dome…

Drawdock Road

The whole thing’s being rebuilt – including the river wall, and the slipway at the end of Drawdock Road. Might be a while yet. And before you ask, there’s still no sign of Delta Wharf turning into a beach for the 2012 Olympics

But at least now most of the path is now open, except for that short section – should you be walking or cycling it westbound, keep a very close eye for the pathway that takes you back onto it (just beyond the oddly-pointless traffic lights at the top of the Blackwall Tunnel escape ramp).

Thames Path. Greenwich, 2 February 2013

All of which gives you the chance for a proper walk or cycle along the Thames, and to enjoy the work of the secretive Greenwich Guerrilla Knitters. Their creations are holding up well, despite the winter.

9.15pm update: A committee of councillors will be discussing a report into cycling along the Thames Path (that’s along the whole borough, from Deptford to Thamesmead) at 7pm on Tuesday 12 February, at Woolwich Town Hall.

Written by Darryl

4 February, 2013 at 7:30 am

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  1. The reopened stretch is brilliant. I rode it last week when the tide was very high and it was almost like cycling on the river. Greenwich Cyclists are leading a ride along the route on Sunday, by the way. Details here: http://www.greenwichcyclists.org.uk/index.php?catid=8&blogid=1

    Brian

    4 February, 2013 at 8:46 am

  2. Call me a cynic, but the path being open at Lovell’s being nothing to do with the fact that Durken wish to submit a new application for taller buildings on the next phase of the development, and have been courting locals prior to a formal application.

    Paul

    4 February, 2013 at 1:42 pm

  3. [...] meanwhile here is the latest report. [...]

  4. being a new resident,yesterday was the 1st times i walked this section going to Sainsburys. i was sad to see this section that takes you off the pathway which was confuessing and complexed for a 1st timer and takes you back onto it (just beyond the oddly-pointless traffic lights at the top of the Blackwall Tunnel escape ramp) i would love to cycle to work in Eirth but would only consider this if the pathway were more user friendly and safe.

    James

    4 February, 2013 at 9:08 pm

  5. That is good news. Does that mean that the part by the Dome is still closed without any date for opening?

    blackheathcoffeeshops

    4 February, 2013 at 9:12 pm

  6. [...] the weather behaves itself enough for a stroll along the Thames Path over the next few days, keep your eyes out for a seal in the river. Will it be back this weekend? [...]

  7. [...] Wharf started in 2007. (Here’s a few snaps of Lovell’s before work started.) That link reopened earlier this year, and now contractors have finished rebuilding the footway just south of Drawdock Road, at the end [...]

  8. [...] years, its cut-off Thames Path stood as a reminder of the poor relationship between developers and locals in Greenwich. Now the [...]


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