Campaigners seek support for foot crossings
An action group is looking for supporters to help take community ownership of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels.
Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels wants to hold those responsible for their management to account, including the failed refurbishment works costing £11.5million.
The works, which began in March 2010, have been beset by delays and remain unfinished while new lifts in Greenwich have proved unreliable and the original contractors have been dismissed by Greenwich Council.
Spokesman Dr Francis Sedgemore said: "The plan was to have the tunnels ready in time for the Olympics, but it all went wrong when the pot ran dry, and the contractors were sacked.
"There was no attempt by the council to keep the public informed, delays were blamed on 'hidden structures' and people received no response to calls for a detailed explanation.
"For more than a year now no further work has been carried out, both of the new lifts at Greenwich are prone to failure, and new lifts have yet to be installed at Woolwich.
"In October, Greenwich commissioned an inquiry into the debacle, but the report has yet to be published.
"We want to re-establish a sense of community ownership."
Dr Sedgemore and Greenwich Cyclists member Ian Blore are looking for people to support the group, which will keep a close eye on the tunnels' progress.
He said: "The aim is to promote the use and enjoyment of the tunnels and to oversee and hold to account those responsible for them.
"We will work to ensure a high standard of maintenance, appearance and access to the tunnels, represent all tunnel users and lobby for the importance of the tunnels as a transport facility."
A Greenwich Council spokesman said: "The council is in negotiations with the previous contractors and is progressing the procurement of works to complete the outstanding aspects of the project.
"The council regrets the inconvenience this continues to cause and is working to get the tunnels finished in the shortest possible time frame.
"However at this stage no firm timetable can be set."
The inaugural meeting will take place on September 5, at the 10 Centre, Tarves Way, SE10 9JU, 7pm.