Greenwich Council’s new Transport Strategy has been approved by its Cabinet, following six weeks of consultation with Royal Greenwich residents.
The strategy includes a range of measures to help encourage walking, cycling and public transport, reduce traffic, improve air quality, and support the rollout of ultra-low emission vehicles. These measures will help to make Royal Greenwich a cleaner, greener, safer and healthier borough.
Cllr Averil Lekau, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport, said: “I’m delighted to see the new Transport Strategy adopted and to see so many local people got involved to share their views in the consultation. We received over 1000 responses to the survey – a wealth of useful feedback – and 500 people came to our events all around the borough.
“We want to get moving straight away. Projects kickstarted in the next year will focus on improving the accessibility and appeal of our streets and public spaces for everyone, especially people walking, cycling and using public transport.
“We’ll continue to work closely with the local community to help design these schemes. This includes working with Royal Greenwich schools to introduce new Schools Streets and encourage more children and young people to walk, cycle and scoot to school. We would be pleased to hear from any schools that are interested in setting up a School Street.”
Key projects include:
- collecting the evidence to identify where low traffic neighbourhood schemes would be most effective
- taking decisions on making existing trial School Streets permanent and introducing more at schools around the borough to help reduce traffic and improve air quality
- creating more 20mph zones to improve the safety of our roads
- introducing Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) to reduce people’s reliance on cars
- improving the safety and accessibility of key pedestrian routes, to encourage more people to walk and get healthier
- improving cycle routes, providing new cycle parking and cycle training, to make cycling safer and easier
- introducing a flexible ‘try before you bike’ scheme to help more people take up cycling
- working with dockless bike operators to improve residents’ access to affordable cycle hire and help ensure schemes are well managed
- increasing the number of electric vehicle charging points across the borough to support take up of electric vehicles
- working with car club operators to improve access to flexible hire cars.
The council will also support TfL in the delivery of phase two of the Greenwich to Woolwich cycle route (Cycleway 4), and further development of the scheme.
Projects such as LTNs, School Streets, 20mph zones and CPZs will all be subject to further consultation with local residents, to help prioritise where schemes are introduced and to help develop schemes that will benefit the borough.