Elizabeth line brings new focus to borough connectivity

Elizabeth line brings new focus to borough connectivity

Greenwich and southeast London have been celebrating the opening of the Elizabeth Line even as the issue of connectivity within the borough is coming more sharply into focus.

The day the new train line opened, Clive Efford, Labour MP for Eltham, tweeted that while it will provide “welcome links for people from Greenwich to central London Heathrow (sic) and beyond”, we now “need to provide links to Woolwich from more areas in the south of the borough”.

Councillor Matt Hartley, leader of the Conservative Group of Greenwich councillors, tweeted that “better bus connectivity from the south of the borough” would enable more Greenwich residents to feel the benefits of the new rail. He added that “a good start” would be the 161 express bus service already proposed to Transport for London.

Meanwhile, the Greenwich branch of the London Cycling Campaign said it was “excited” by the Elizabeth line’s arrival in Woolwich but a cycle-hire scheme and more bike parking at the new Crossrail station was needed if the borough is to reap its benefits.