Amazing news, and not an April Fool – the Thames Path through Greenwich has now completely reopened for the first time in six years, after the path around Delta Wharf was quietly brought back into use. If you want an Easter Monday stroll or cycle, wrap up warm and go for it.
It means the riverside pathway from Wood Wharf through to Angerstein Wharf is now completely open again, from one end of Greenwich to another, for the first time since demolition work on Lovell’s 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 of Tunnel Avenue, which shut in August 2011.
Of course, while contractors had aimed to get the walk reopened by Easter, in a cock-up that’ll be familiar to anyone who uses the path, one part of it is still partly fenced-off. Just ignore the sign and keep going.
Of course, the question now is – how long will the path stay open for? How long do we have left before another prolonged diversion? The stretch that’s just reopened is already earmarked for development (more of which to come on that one…)
And with development will come a different look for the path, as shown by the introduction of a clear cycle route. How long does the anarchic, old-style east Greenwich riverside walkway have left? Enjoy it (and the work of the Guerilla Knitters) while it lasts.
The other big question mark lies at Enderby’s Wharf, where developer West Properties – despite being allowed influence over Greenwich Council transport and tourism policies – still hasn’t lifted a finger on the cruise liner terminal site it was given permission to build over two years ago.
We may have got our path back – and just as you enter Charlton, there’s a new information sign to round off the happy news. But the path should never have been subject to such lengthy closures in the first place without proper information and consultation. Hopefully lessons have been learned – and that we’re all a bit more vigilant now than we were six years ago.