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When will Greenwich Council finally treat pedestrians and cyclists with respect? - Caroline Pidgeon

August 23, 2011 11:21 AM

New evidence has come to light of Greenwich Council's appalling record in communicating with the 1.5 million people who have used Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels every year.

After extended delays in re-opening both the tunnels, along with repeated incidents of inaccurate information being provided, Greenwich Council is now claiming via their website that Woolwich Foot Tunnel will finally re-open to the public by the end of this month. However, at the same time, at the entrance to the Woolwich Foot Tunnel there are public signs saying the foot tunnel will only re-open in Spring 2012.

Caroline Pidgeon, the leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the current situation said.

"The record of Greenwich Council in upgrading these tunnels and keeping users updated has been appalling.

"The situation over Greenwich Foot Tunnel has been bad enough, but they have taken incompetence to new heights over the Woolwich Foot Tunnel.

"How can a council say on its website that a public highway will finally be re-opened by the end of this month and then have signage at the entrance to the tunnel saying it will be another six months before it is actually open to the public?

"There would be uproar if motorists were treated like this. The fact that Greenwich Council think they can treat pedestrians and cyclists in such a poor manner says everything about the low priority they give to walking and cycling."