The full reopening of Greenwich foot tunnel has been delayed once again, with users facing night time closures and no lifts throughout the Summer until September. At the same time work on the Woolwich foot tunnel, which has been completely closed since last year, is not set to be finished until August.
Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, discovered this information buried away on Greenwich Council’s website. The explanation for the six-month delay to the Greenwich foot tunnel is put down on the website to “additional works and problems with materials used in the repairs.” At present, no information at all has been provided by Greenwich Council about why the works at Woolwich foot tunnel are so far behind schedule.
Caroline Pidgeon, commenting on the situation, said:
“Work on both of these tunnels should have finished in March, but was then pushed back to June and now without any formal announcement the completion dates have moved again to August and September.
“At the same time, for the last four months, the leader of Greenwich Council has repeatedly failed to answer any questions about this fiasco.
“Does he really think the incompetence and false promises over the Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels can be swept under the carpet?”
Caroline has written formally to Greenwich Council's leader and chief executive about the situation (read the letters here) but has received no reply from either of them.
Photo: Cyclists just about to set off on the Skyride cycle event last September. After such extensive delays, will Greenwich Council manage to finally ensure that the foot tunnel is fully re-opened by the time of this year's Skyride in three months' time?