Greenwich Waterfront Transit Scheme Cancelled

Boriswatch reports that the Greenwich Waterfront Transit Scheme has been canned by the Mayor:

However, lower projections for future fare revenue caused by the deterioration in the wider economy and the drain on TfL’s resources caused by the collapse of Metronet means that some work planned for 2009/10 must be cancelled or deferred until a later date.

This means deferral of works at some Tube stations including the project to install step free access to the Circle and Metropolitan lines at Baker Street.
In addition, the Greenwich Waterfront Transit Scheme will be cancelled given the Mayor’s earlier decision not to proceed with the Thames Gateway Bridge.

When we lived in Charlton we were consulted on the scheme and though it was an undeniably poor substitute for a new DLR link, it would have cut journey times to connect with the O2 and the Jubilee Line and added 40% capacity to existing bus services in a poorly-served area of London.

This is another reason to rue the cancellation of the Thames Gateway Bridge.

Poor old Thamesmead.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just vote him out at the next election.

Anonymous said...

Yes, and bring back do-nothing mung bean government.

At least Boris is making some bold moves (and ones that aren't just designed to appeal to fad politics)

Headhunter said...

Bojo? Bold moves? All he has done is cancelled bold public transport projects suggested by Ken andtake credit for ones that Ken had already pushed through! All Bozo has done is made it easier for car drivers! Nothing bold about that!

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Introducing the Keirin into London's Bus Lanes is pretty bold....

monkeyboy said...

the ell would not be extended if ken's tfl hadn't pushed for it. The tories are not natural supporters of public transport, boris is simply acting on ground work from the last administration. Fact.

Monkeyboy said...

...by the way Tublines is looking a little ill so wonder what else will be cut to bail them out. Oh, Ken was one of the few high profile Labour MP's who were willing to stand toe to toe with Gordon B (remember the Gordon B was the only show in town and had he Torries running))and say the PPP was a rubbish idea.

violetnights said...

'page not found' on that top link

Brockley Nick said...

I imagine tfl has taken down the page now the project's cancelled.

Anonymous said...

I just hope someone is compiling a list of what Boris has done (or rather has not done for us) and the reasons why so come the next election, his record is writ large.

Monkeyboy said...

Careful Nick, you know what happens to careless journalists. Did you not see Dispatches. Apparently you won't get hurt any more then if you'd been a game of rugger. Cracked rib, couple of black eyes - that kind of thing.

....allegedly obviously.

Anonymous said...

GWT was nothing more than a replacement for the 472 bus route, at the same frequency (not clear where this "40% increase in capacity" claim comes from), using the same types of buses, and serving almost exactly the same route - at a cost of £46 million. In a recession, this has to be a ludicrous waste of money. Bravo Boris.

Brockley Nick said...

Anon - the 40% claim was from TfL's own figures - if you have data to prove otherwise, perhaps you'd like to post a link. The project was not as good as the area deserves, but it was better than nothing, which is what they have now.

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