What the streetspace programme is
The Royal Borough of Greenwich streetspace programme will change the streets of the borough to support the significant increase in cycling and walking that began during the national lockdown and looks set to continue.
Part of The Mayor of London’s Streetspace plan, these changes will make social distancing easier which will help to stop the spread of the virus and bring longer term benefits for public health, including improved air quality and reduced carbon emissions.
We need to create a transport network which continues to provide safe travel options for all residents and to do this we need to avoid a car-led recovery. Public transport capacity is likely to be greatly reduced for the foreseeable future and our streets need to be able to accommodate a potential ten-fold increase in cycling and five-fold increase in walking as lockdown restrictions are lifted.
The streetspace plan
Our plans have developed rapidly and some have already been implemented. The confirmed programme comprises:
- widening footpaths in Greenwich, Eltham and Woolwich town centres to create space for social distancing
- safe, protected cycle routes to enable many more journeys by bike
- school streets to create a safe environment around the school gate
- filtering more residential streets to create low traffic cycle routes and neighbourhoods.
All of the fully funded temporary schemes will be in place by September 2020 so that residents and visitors can benefit from them as soon as possible.
This map shows the locations of:
- social distancing measures, shown with blue pins
- emergency school streets, shown with green pins
- cycle routes, shown with green and orange lines
- modal filters, shown with shaded areas
The streetspace programme will be funded by Transport for London (TfL) under the London Streetspace Programme and the Department for Transport's Emergency Active Travel Fund. We have been awarded £1.266 million of funding.
As well as the projects we have received funding for, we submitted other funding bids to TfL which were not successful. Two of these bids were for social distancing measures in Woowich and Greenwich town centres, but these have been funded directly by the council due to the urgent public health need. We will continue to lobby and bid for more transport funding when it becomes available.
We will write to local residents who will be directly affected by the work to implement these plans, to tell you about them and to gather feedback.
To understand your experiences of the temporary measures and which of them should be made permanent, we encourage feedback from local residents so that your views can inform decisions about the future of these projects.