The East Greenwich Cultural Corridor Committee are considering ideas for promoting East Greenwich. Here, Liz Wrigley puts forward the suggestion that Maze Hill station be renamed "East Greenwich station"
The station is very close to the East Greenwich area, and is the most convenient station for both the park and for the University, as well as servicing the shops on Trafalgar Road and other East Greenwich venues. As a mainline station is has a fast, regular service to London Bridge, where you can join the underground easily, get to Charing Cross (by changing platform) and to the south to connect to say Gatwick also by changing platform.
However at present visitors by rail get off, understandably, at Greenwich station (which is nearly half way to Deptford! It is a station that was the Greenwich stop on the original London to Greenwich route, way back in 1838 when this little Kent village first joined with the capital, before the tunnel under the museum and park was made and the route extended east, and has no other significance to its location or name).
No one would guess that Maze Hill is actually much closer to the Greenwich historical town centre attractions. National Rail travel to here from central London is now on the oyster card system so you do not even need a separate ticket.
We are looking at a long term strategy to bring East Greenwich onto the mental map of the rest of London and the world, as at present it is overlooked, being just beyond the east edge of the World Heritage area, a place where at present maps may as well say 'there be dragons here'.
In summary, the station is:
- close to the park, with a park entrance very near
- close to the Maritime Museum
- close to the river Thames,
- close to the town centre markets
Planning / Urban Design Consultant
East Greenwich Cultural Corridor Committee
What do you think? Would it be beneficial to East Greenwich if Maze Hill station was renamed? Have your say in the comments below.