The arrival of Crossrail at Abbey Wood is seeing expanded parking restrictions. After running consultation exercises Greenwich Council have now announced expansion.

In characteristic manner the department managed to spell the town’s name incorrectly a number of times on documents. It says a lot about how much they know about the east of the borough. The continual failure of the department to employ enough staff and enforce parking rules has seen a £9 million gap in budgeted income since 2011/2012.

The consultation letter sent last November had a typo stating replies had to be in by December 2017 and not December 2016.

It will cost £57 for an annual pass and £7 for 10 one-time-only visitor passes. Restrictions last from 11am-1pm for part of the new zone, and 9-11am for most of the extension.

Sizwe James is the Labour councillor in charge of the Highways Department at Greenwich Council who approved the plan. Richard Cornell is Parking Services Manager at Greenwich Council who wrote the report alongside Brian Hanson who is the Principle Engineer.

All three Labour Abbey Wood councillors (Council leader Denise Hyland and Steve Offord, who both live in Eltham, plus Clive Mardner, who rarely replies to emails) supported the scheme but one called for more parking spaces in place of greenery. The report doesn’t reveal which councillor wants that.

It will cost £86,000 to install the CPZ. This is coming from TfL’s £3.5 million annual Local Implementation Plan funding. At least we now know one detailed scheme that Greenwich Council have decided to spend money on. They’ve been resolutely quiet on what is happening with much of the money.

Alex McLeod School called for their area to be included given continual problems with parking around the school.

Whether it’ll be enforced is another matter. Will local residents who play by the rules have to cough up whilst some ignore with impunity? That’s often been the norm in the area. Many drivers simply go off-road and park on grass and paving, or park all-day in restricted time zone areas. I covered the abysmal parking situation last week.

A lot of this mess is because Greenwich Highways Department do not have jurisdiction over much of the greenery. The Housing Department do as a result of it formally being entirely a council estate. Much housing is now private and most greenery and verges should transfer to Highways control to provide easier enforcement.

In reality I expect they wont go down this easier and cheaper route and instead put in large amounts of street furniture, signs, railings, bollards and clutter making the area uglier to demarcate each area of control.

Whatever happens, they’ll have to put up many signs regarding the new controls. Hopefully they are contextual and utilise existing street furniture and walls as much as possible. Design guideline changes made this easier about two years ago. We’ll see if Greenwich Highways have caught up.

Here are maps showing the new boundary extent:

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