Why are you doing this scheme?

    The scheme aims to improve the walking and cycling experience along this link in the road network, connecting with existing and planned improvements to extend Cycleway 4 between Woolwich Ferry roundabout and Plumstead Road.

    This will mean safer, more attractive and more comfortable walking and cycling journeys in the area. It will also support continued journeys by foot and by cycle in the area as new developments continue in the area. It will improve cycle infrastructure within the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

    What impact will the scheme have on bus journey times?

    We’ve assessed the impact of our proposals on journey times in the area for buses and general traffic using traffic modelling tools. Our proposals for the A206 are designed to operate as efficiently as possible, while improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. There are some impacts on journey times because we are making the A206 safer for pedestrians and cyclists by including improved pedestrian crossings and greater segregation of cycle lanes.

    Morning peak

    Our assessment suggests there will be a slight increase in journey times during the morning peak of about one minute eastbound and westbound along the A206 and northbound on Burrage Road.

    While some affected bus routes (161 westbound, 177 eastbound, 180 eastbound, 472 eastbound & westbound) are expected to experience an increased journey time of up to one minute, the route 99, eastbound 161 and westbound 177 are expected to remain the same; and, our modelling suggests that bus route 180 will have a reduced journey time of up to one minute westbound along the A206.

    Evening peak

    Our modelling further forecasts there will be a slight reduction in general traffic journey times during the evening peak of about one minute eastbound; however, it is expected westbound journey times may increase by one to two minutes, and an increase of three to five minutes northbound along Burrage Road.

    Many bus routes along the A206 westbound are expected to have journey time reductions of up to two minutes while many A206 eastbound bus routes see no change. The bus route 99 is expected to have a journey time increase of up to one minute.

    However, bus routes 54 and 161 are expected to experience journey time increases of one to two minutes along Burrage Road northbound, and bus routes 51, 53 and 291 are expected to experience journey times increases of three to five minutes along Burrage Road northbound.

    Junction of A206 / Burrage Road junction

    To enable cyclists to safely enter and leave the two-way cycle track on Plumstead Road, our proposals make changes to the signal timings to allow cyclists to proceed through the junction whilst other traffic is held at a red light.

    During the evening peak, Burrage Road northbound has significantly more traffic than in the morning peak and the constrained nature of the road means there is no space to provide additional capacity for buses or other traffic.

    The impacts along the A206 have been substantially reduced by additional bus lanes and moving bus stand positions westbound, with some bus routes expected to benefit as a result particularly in the PM peak.

    What is Vision Zero for London?

    Vision Zero represents our aim to eradicate deaths and serious injuries from our roads and make London a safer, healthier and greener place by 2041.   

    Major cities around the world are taking a stand to end the toll of deaths and injury seen on their roads and transport networks by committing to Vision Zero. London is at the forefront of this approach and the Mayor's Transport Strategy sets out the goal that, by 2041, all deaths and serious injuries will be eliminated from London's transport network.

    It is neither inevitable nor acceptable that anyone should be killed or seriously injured when travelling in London. When we leave our homes each day, we should feel safe and confident about the journey ahead.

    The proposals for a safe walking and cycling route between Woolwich Ferry and Plumstead are part of the work we are doing towards meeting the Vision Zero.

    What are rain gardens?

    A rain garden is a specially designed garden that collects and manages rainwater runoff from adjacent surfaces.  They help to prevent flooding and filter pollutants before the water reaches sewer systems.  

    They benefit the local area because:

    • More green area
    • Softens the urban environment, making the street look better
    • Makes the street cooler
    • Enhances wildlife habitat for bio-diversity
    • Reduces the risk of too much water resulting in floods
    • Improves air quality
    • Filters pollution and improves water quality

    What is a bus stop bypass?

    A bus stop bypass involves routing the cycle track behind the bus passenger boarding area to maintain the separation of people cycling from motor traffic. These are an important safety feature of segregated cycle routes.

    Where a segregated cycle track approaches a bus stop, it is routed around the back of the passenger boarding area, allowing cyclists to ‘bypass’ the bus stop. There might also be a ramp up and down the cycle track on each side of the bus stop.

    Segregated cycle routes are those that include a kerb to separate and protect people cycling from motor traffic. We are introducing more of these in Greater London because our research shows that when we provide kerb-separated cycle lanes and tracks then people who feel uncomfortable cycling in motor traffic are much more likely to make cycle journeys.