LONDON 2012 organisers have unveiled a raft of measures to help Greenwich's local transport network cope with the thousands of visitors expected for next summer's Olympics.
Chief among the proposals, which went on display today and can be viewed by residents until Saturday, are road closures and an enlarged one way system around the town centre throughout the Olympics.
Greenwich Church Street will be closed to traffic, as will Straightsmouth at peak times and Greenwich High Road towards the town centre from the junction of Norman Road, as these become designated pedestrian routes from Greenwich railway station.
Marshals will guide the throngs of spectators along these routes and then down College Approach and through the Old Royal Naval College where they will then access Greenwich Park by crossing two new temporary footbridges across Romney Road.
Locog's City Operations Manager, Jennifer Impett said of the proposed footbridges:
"We want to maintain the vehicle route as much as we can. The one way gyratory will be adding some pressure within the area so we need to maintain free flowing traffic as much as we can."
A bridge is also proposed to get spectators arriving via Blackheath station across the A2 from the heath to Greenwich Park.
Drivers heading into Greenwich from Greenwich High Road will have to turn left at the Norman Road junction, before turning into Creek Road and then joining the existing one way system.
Organisers say that Cutty Sark DLR station will have to close during peak hours as it doesn't have the capacity to deal with the volume of spectators.
Olympic ticket-holders tempted to try and park in Greenwich will find that hours have been extended in all Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ).
Areas within a 30 minute walking radius of the park which aren't currently in a CPZ will have new temporary controls put in place to deter spectators planning to drive in, and residents and businesses will be issued with special Olympic parking permits.
Other key proposals include:
- Closing Charlton Way and The Avenue/Blackheath Avenue from 7 July-8 September.
- Closing the Lewisham-bound DLR platform at Greenwich train station, with passengers asked to join services Deptford Bridge instead.
- Using the Blackwall Tunnel, the A2 and Prince Charles Road, Maze Hill Road, Park Vista and Park Row as Olympic Road Network routes for transporting athletes and the "Olympic family".
- Setting aside 100 car parking spaces for Blue Badge holders.
- Establishing "park and ride" areas around Blackheath so spectators can be coached in from Bluewater and Lakeside.
The proposals, along with more planning documents, will soon be submitted to Greenwich Council as London 2012 organisers attempt to meet the conditions of its original planning application.
Clues as to the kind of stunning images viewers at home can expect were hinted at with maps showing the construction of a mile-long cable to carry a TV camera from Millwall Park high over the Thames, swooping across the Old Royal Naval College and equestrian arena in Greenwich Park before finishing near the General Wolfe statue.
London 2012 Venue General Manager for Greenwich Park, Jeremy Edwards, commented: "We're trying to do everything we can to make sure the experience next year is one of the most memorable for the people of Greenwich and the spectators."
Remaining London 2012 Transport Drop In Sessions
Friday: 09.00 - 18.00
Saturday: 09.00 - 17.00
Devonport House, King William Walk, Greenwich