Survey favours shared use of Woolwich and Greenwich tunnels

By Rachel Bishop on May 14, 2014 12:51 PM |


Cyclists should be allowed through Woolwich and Greenwich tunnels, according to a recent survey.

The poll, by Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels (Fogwoft), was launched in a bid to find a solution to the best use of the tunnels, which 3,000 pass through each day.

Currently about 50% of the tunnel users are cyclists, with the other half pedestrians despite a local bylaw prohibiting cycling, skate boarding and roller skating through the tunnels.

Within the poll 55.96% of people said they favoured a 24-hour considerate shared use of the tunnel, with 35.38% stating they want to maintain the ban on cycling, skateboarding and roller skating in the tunnel.

On their website, Fogwoft said: "Both tunnels are narrow, with the Greenwich tunnel narrower than the London Cycling Design Standards for shared use.

"At present, the local bylaws governing both the Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels prohibit cycling, skateboarding and roller skating through the tunnels. As with most pavements, the tunnels are classed as pedestrian rights of way.

"To allow more than walking through the tunnels would require a change in the existing bylaw, or a traffic management order issued by the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

"As a community group, Fogwoft may propose a change, if such is considered desirable. If the borough council were to accept such a proposal from Fogwoft, it would then be obliged to consult the public on any alteration of the existing bylaw.'

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The results:

How would you want the tunnels used in future?

Allow 24-hour considerate shared use, which implies absolute priority for pedestrians - 55.96%
Maintain the ban on cycling, skateboarding and roller skating - 35.38%
Allow overnight shared use, e.g. 10pm-8am - 8.66%

How would you propose to better manage the use of the tunnels?

Use clear and simple signs and markings to guide the behaviour of all tunnel users - 34.26%
Employ lift operators or wardens to caution inconsiderate users - 22.84%
Use random police action to enforce the rules - 21.73%
Use CCTV to record inconsiderate use - 21.17%