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Thames Path - Greenwich closures

thamespath cmyk thAt the turn of the millenium, coinciding with the building of what was then known as the Millenium Dome, there was a fine waterside path from Greenwich's historic town centre, round Bugsby's Marshes and on towards the barrier.  This path provided a fine, unbroken section of riverside with fine views of the Isle of Dogs, Canary Wharf and Greenwich town centre.

For the last few years. sections of the Thames Path through Greenwich have been closed for the convenience of developers.  Development was largely stalled in the current market, but there are signs of action now.  In particular the path through Lovell's Wharf was re-opened in January 2013.

See here for more background or follow this link to read local blogger 853 on the blockages.

Thames Path at Greenwich re-opened

This morning (and I don't think it's an April Fool), Greenwich blogger 853 posted that the works I wrote about at the end of February (Signs of Life at Peninsula Quays?) have ended and the path through the inaccurately named stretch of the Thames Path National Trail, re-opening the route from the centre of Greenwich to Greenwich North for the first time since 2007.

This comes just over a month since my letter in the Evening Standard demanding the re-opening of the path.  Coincidence?  Probably.

Read more about it, and the future threats to the path at 853's blog - http://853blog.com/2013/04/01/greenwichs-thames-path-has-fully-reopened-for-now/

Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 13:12

Signs of life at Peninsula Quays?

For a couple of years now, the largest and most unpleasant diversion the Thames Path between historic Greenwich and Greenwich North has been the Greenwich Peninsula estate - a 190 acre development, led by Quintain and which, according to the Evening Standard, is looking to achieve £1,000/ft2 for some properties.

Neither the Standard nor the developer's website says how many of the projected 10,000 new homes will be social housing or affordable rent.

In spite of the lack of development on the site, for several years, pedestrians have been diverted away from the river towardsthe tunnel approach, sometimes with signs suggesting that they use non-existent pavements or along pavements blocked by builders infrastructure, depriving us of fine views of Greenwich riverside, the Docklands and the City.


This is a suggested diversion to the Thames Path around Greenwich Peninsula estate

On a visit on the 28th of February, I noticed this:


Building work at Greenwich Peninsula

It looks like a new road or path is being built. It's split into two and, looking at the width of the lanes, looks more like cycling/footpath infrastructure than a service road for the development.

Could this be preparation for re-opening the National Trail along this key stretch of river?



Last Updated on Sunday, 03 March 2013 15:14
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