We attended TfL’s drop in session in Wapping on 23rd May and heard about the extensive and disruptive road restrictions E1W will face during the London 2012 Olympics [...read more].
Many questions were unanswered and alternative routes along The Highway where right-turns out of Wapping are prohibited just won’t work.
Pedestrian crossings at junctions will close, making attempts to exit Wapping even more difficult and dangerous especially for children, the elderly and less able.
Greater London Assembly member John Biggs has told the Daily Telegraph “The Highway is a very dangerous road and taking out the pedestrian crossings is very risky. The whole consultation has been very flawed and this risks leaving people isolated and unable to get on with their normal lives”.
100 days on Wapping Island
It seems the full impact of the proposals has only emerged after the second badly publicised consultation phase closed on 6th June. Much of Wapping received no communication from TfL about the drop in events and we discovered them ourselves via social networks, Twitter and Facebook.
The Olympics lasts just 28 days but Wapping can expect three months of logistical chaos if current plans go ahead.
MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick also spoke to the Telegraph, adding “There are clearly legitimate concerns and I will be seeking a meeting with Transport for London to see if we can mitigate the worst problems.”
Read the full article by Daily Telegraph’s Transport Editor David Millward and vote in the online poll asking whether you think the travel restrictions for the London 2012 Olympics are over the top [...view article].
St Katherine Docks share Wapping concerns
Residents of St Katherine Docks are also opposed to the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and Paralympic Route Network (PRN) plans as they currently stand. Like Wapping, many living there were unaware of TfL’s consultation until it had ended.
Paul Garwood, Chairman of City Quay Management Company (CQMC) and a member of the Friends of St Katherine Docks (FoSKD) residents group made a detailed submission to TfL on 4th June suggesting solutions to some of the many problems the current plans will create [...read submission].
Like many of us, Paul is still waiting for a response from TfL.
Feedback to TfL for Phase 3 and 4 consultations
Information on the proposed changes can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/ORN and an update after Phase 2 closed on 6th June can be viewed at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/orn/32: this asked for feedback to be sent by email to to ORNandPRNengagement@tfl.gov.uk.
Let’s make sure our concerns are heard and put pressure on TfL to carry out future consultations responsibly.
We love Wapping and our fantastic views, but don’t let E1W become a dangerous and isolated island surrounded by gridlocked traffic for 100 days.