Such a development should only go ahead if there was clear evidence that it would boost our local infrastructure and make access to transport easier for people in the borough without damaging our green spaces. As it is, it is almost impossible to see how such a large bridge can link to the many minor roads like Knee Hill without causing massive traffic congestion.
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On TfL’s consultation on the matter, a concern raised by several people was the potential impact the crossing could have on Oxleas Woods, as the proposal would almost certainly lead to a road through the woods. This is completely unacceptable and the local people who oppose the crossing are absolutely right to highlight what would be the destruction of ancient woodland that forms a crucial part of our environmental identity for negligible economic benefit.
In addition, the creation of the crossing would lead to increased air pollution; whilst a crossing which simply isn’t fit for purpose in terms of road links would only bring more traffic and far from increasing transport access for the people of this Borough, it would actually undermine our existing transport system.
Greenwich Borough needs investment in its transport services, particularly in the south of the borough which has all too often been neglected by the Labour-run Greenwich Council, but I cannot see what benefits this poorly thought-through and environmentally antagonistic crossing would bring.