Anger at racing cyclists endangering pedestrians in Greenwich foot tunnel

07:00 12 June 2012

Greenwich foot tunnel

Greenwich foot tunnel


Pedestrians using the Greenwich foot tunnel under the Thames are facing danger from cyclists using it as “a race track.”

Protests have been made to Tower Hamlets council about cyclists speeding through the walkway linking the Isle of Dogs and Greenwich.

Now trial measures are proposed aimed at stopping cyclists speeding after complaints raised by Isle of Dogs councillor Peter Golds, whose Blacklwall & Cubitt Town constituency includes the tunnel entrance at Island Gardens.

“It’s a real safety issue for pedestrians—especially at night,” he told the Advertiser.

“Pedestrians often have to scatter when the cyclists race through. It has become a race track at night.”

Tower Hamlets transportation chief Tony Davis has passed the complaints to Greenwich Council, which manages the tunnel, only to discover Greenwich had also received complaints about speeding cyclists.

He told Cllr Golds that it was sometimes “difficult to deal with individual cyclists—other than enforcement by police.”

A trial measure was now proposed to erect two sets of railing chicanes in the tunnel to prevent speeding that won’t impede people in wheelchairs or parents with pushchairs.

“We hope this will make it difficult for cyclists to ride here,” Mr Davis added in his response to Cllr Golds.

“The barriers will carry the instruction ‘Cyclists dismount.’ New signs at the entrances will also make clear the tunnel is part of the London cycle network—but a dismounted section.”

The tunnel has recently undergone the most extensive refurbishment in its 110-year history. It was first opened in 1902 for workers living on the south side of the Thames to reach the Millwall Docks and the wharves and factories on the Isle of Dogs, after a campaign by Poplar trade unionist Will Crooks, a leading member of the London County Council who became MP for Woolwich a year later.

Latest News Stories

Marsh Wall gets makeover to cope with Isle of Dogs utility demands

Extensive road renovations are nearing completion to a major thoroughfare in east London linking Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs.

Yesterday, 18:11
MP Rushanara Ali plants tree to commemorate Edith Ramsay (inset)

A new tree marks the life of Edith Ramsay, the charismatic social campaigner who organised children’s wartime evacuations away from air-raid danger and later campaigned to take prostitutes of the streets of London’s East End.

The tree was planted at the reopening of Stepney’s Edith Ramsay sheltered housing complex by MP Rushanara Ali on Friday.

Yesterday, 11:53
Barrie Stradling at Headway East London's brain recovery centre, ready for charity's dance marathon

Soul artist Barrie Stradling had to learn to sing again after a hit-and-run road incident nine years ago.

But now the 57-year-old who has been volunteering with Headway East London brain injury centre is to perform at the charity’s annual eight-hour dance marathon.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Police are appealing for information

A murder probe is underway after the body of a young man was found in east London.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Langdon Park pupil gets help from business mentor to win Dragon's Den challenge [photos: Tony Hussey]

A team of 14-year-olds have come up with an enterprising scheme to hire out stationery items and equipment to pupils who forget to bring them to school and get detention.

The novel idea has won a Year 9 team from Poplar’s Langdon Park Secondary in London’s East End £250 to set up their enterprise.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Vigil for victims of 1888 Whitechapel Murders

Women held a candle vigil last night outside the controversial Jack the Ripper museum in London’s East End to remember the victims of the Whitechapel Murders—not the killer.

It was followed by a memorial service at St George’s-in-the-East for three church congregations to honour the five women and all victims of gender-based violence.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Responding to ambulance 999 calls

The Ambulance Service in London has been recommended to go into ‘special measures’ for failures including reaching its target for responding to calls within eight minutes.

The service that had been persistently the best in the country until last year was now falling short of the target in three-out-of-four call-outs.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Jumping for joy... children ready for Christmas lights switch-on at Chrisp Street Market [photo: Rehan Jamil]

Children from primary schools sing along tonight when the Christmas festive lights are switched on in London’s East End.

Most read news


Nike Trainers

Nike’s motto is ‘to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.’ With this in mind it’s no surprise why Nike is the preferred training gear for most A-list athletes. Get an extra boost in your run or height in your jump with £500 to spend on Nike trainers.

MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Digital Edition

Read the Docklands and East London Advertiser e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder