Stop Gallions Rd/Woolwich Rd entrance for new Sainsbury's/M&S in Charlton
  • Petitioned Royal Borough of Greenwich

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Royal Borough of Greenwich
Royal Borough of Greenwich

Stop Gallions Rd/Woolwich Rd entrance for new Sainsbury's/M&S in Charlton

    1. Simon Hall
    2. Petition by

      Simon Hall

      London, United Kingdom

Greenwich Council recently adopted a Masterplan for Charlton Riverside to downgrade Woolwich Road between the A102 and Charlton Church Lane. By proposing an access point to a 700-space car park for the proposed new Sainsbury's and M&S from Woolwich Road (as well as Bugsby's Way) the recent planning application by the developers LXB will increase, not reduce, traffic in that stretch of Woolwich Road, which is meant to be a residential road with buses. This will have a significant impact on air quality, noise, road traffic accidents and the amenity of local people in Woolwich Road and adjacent residential roads to the south.

The impact on air quality (already poor) should be considered on Woolwich Road, and the Council should bear in mind its affect on neighbouring roads (which the supporting documents to the application admit could become “rat runs”) and children attending Fossdene School. The impact on noise pollution is measured in the supporting documentation to the planning application to at least one decibel (that is 10% more). Surely a strong case to review the junction on the Woolwich Road?

Significant additional traffic will be generated by a Woolwich Road entrance/exit to/from the car park of 700 cars, and much of this will be on Woolwich Road as things are currently configured. The road currently has no traffic calming measures on it, and is the only road signed by the Council/TfL for eastbound access from the A2/A102 to Charlton Football Club and the Woolwich Ferry, and westbound to the Blackwall Tunnel and Greenwich Town Centre. This stretch of Woolwich Road is a Road Traffic Accident blackspot. The last fatal accident there was in December 2007. Allowing cars to go straight ahead from Charlton Church Lane to Anchor & Hope Lane and Bugsby's Way would make far more sense in terms of access; treating the entrance to Woolwich Road so it is earmarked for access only.

Bugsby's Way can absorb the additional traffic; the junction of Bugsby's Way and Gallions Road is well planned and the bus lane is to be welcomed, although there will always be an issue with the resilience of the whole road network with “exceptional” events such as the Blackwall tunnel blockage, Charlton Athletic matches, and “only one Woolwich Ferry” in operation.

The Gallions Road/Woolwich Road junction for the new development should be altered. The Council should undertake a review of the entire length of Woolwich Road between the Antigallican and the A102 to come up with a plan – potentially funded from the S106 funding that will be attracted by this application – to downgrade the road and direct through traffic along Bugsby’s Way. As well as a reworked Charlton Church Lane junction this would enable the following to be considered:

(a) A bus friendly road “lip” at the fire station/Hardman Road junction – thus not affecting the operation of the fire station adversely but forcing slower traffic at a bend in the road when it appears to be a regular occurrence that speeding cars veer into the wrong lane, and in the last few years a number of gardens have had their front walls rebuilt due to accidents.

(b) A mini roundabout at the Woolwich Road/Victoria Way junction – incorporating a revised exit for the Travelodge. The developers, LXB, have agreed that this would be within the scope of their plan and would have no objection to this change to their Travelodge scheme. It would be in line with TfL’s “no new traffic lights” objective, and it would also ensure slow down traffic as well as assist local traffic to turn in and out of the Victoria Way junction.

(c) New signage – directing through traffic away from the Woolwich Road and down Bugsby’s Way.

(d) A 20 mph speed limit enforced by traffic cameras and/or “watch your speed” digital signage.

(e) A revised Charlton Church Lane junction (as outlined above).

These traffic calming measures should be considered regardless of the Council’s planning decision in this application, but to not link these explicitly would be to deny the significant affect on traffic that this new M&S/Sainsbury’s will have in an already congested area regardless of any move to direct traffic away from Woolwich Road. As the residential link, it makes more sense to make the vehicular access to the new M&S/Sainsbury’s solely from Bugsby’s Way and to reserve Gallions Road for cyclists and emergency vehicles. This would then enable the Woolwich Road to become more pedestrian friendly, encouraging local residents to walk to the stores and being a friendly way for bus and rail passengers to enter the development.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. More developments relating to Travelodge: comment on planning website

      Simon Hall
      Petition Organizer

      The Travelodge will be opposite Victoria Way to the west of the site. Revised plans show our campaign has saved Willow Tree. Designs are online for building and we will need to review materials as not sure it will look as nice as it could. Sadly no amendment on Travelodge junction - this one needs to move a few metres to opposite Victoria Way enabling a mini roundabout. The developers are fine with it, but the Council has not updated its position following the Charlton Riverside Masterplan commitments - the original Travelodge application was before this. Please comment regarding move of junction via Council website (planning ref 12/1727/SD) and regarding materials. Will try to get a public meeting organised in next few weeks as well. Shame the Royal Borough of Greenwich didn't tell local residents this was happening!

    2. Reached 50 signatures
    3. We understand the Council are now discussing altering the access with LXB!

      Simon Hall
      Petition Organizer

      It means we are beginning to turn the tide! Thanks for your support. Please keep distributing. We need to ensure that we use this once in a lifetime opportunity to make a lasting difference to the Charlton Riverside area - we need the full suite of traffic calming measures implemented.

    4. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Daniel Margetts CHARLTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Concerns of more traffic at poorly designed junctions Woolwich Road/Victoria Way and Woolwich Road/Charlton Church Lane

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    • Larry Poulton WOOLWICH, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      Theres no need for more shops for people to spend money they don't have and get into debt they can't afford. There is a Sainsburys and M&S in Woolwich and Eltham, a M&S in Lewisham and already a large ASDA in Charlton....

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    • Darrell Spurgeon LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Woolwich Road from Charlton Church Lane to A102 should be kept as free of heavy traff]ic as possible

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    • jane Barnett CHARLTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Concern re traffic and pollution

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    • george edwards INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      I am very familiar with this road and the proposed construction. I agree that it would be harmful to the neighbourhood, and significantly and negatively affect the quality of life of residents.

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