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Works on Ridgeway Path create “safer” pathway for cyclists and pedestrians

PUBLISHED: 11:46 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:55 20 October 2017

Ridgeway Path, Thamesmead

Ridgeway Path, Thamesmead

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The path connects the Greenwich and Bexley sides of Thamesmead

Pedestrians and cyclists are feeling the benefits of a newly improved pathway running through Thamesmead.

Stretching three and a half miles, the Ridgeway path connects Plumstead Station, on the west side of the town in Greenwich, the Crossness Pumping Station on the eastern, Bexley side.

But with the old grass track proving difficult for users, Thames Water, Peabody and Bexley council funded improvement works, which were supposed to finish in September.

As work overran, Ridgeway was partially reopened last month, but this week saw the official launch as the finishing touches were finally completed.

The pathway has been resurfaced, with light discs installed along the edges of the path to light up during the evening.

A new access ramp to Southmere Park has been installed alongside new gates and signage.

Altogether, the works cost £380,000, with Thames Water providing £250,000, Peabody offering £30,000 and Bexley council covering the rest.

Bexley council has agreed a plan with Thames Water to ensure the improvements are maintained in the future.

Linda Bailey, cabinet member for regeneration and growth, said: “The work to Ridgeway path has greatly improved accessibility for users, offering a useable route across Thamesmead.

“We hope that all residents, on bike or on foot, enjoy using the path as means to get out and explore the borough all throughout the year.

“Thanks to the support from our partners, the Ridgeway is now a much safer and usable connection.”

Thames Water’s environmental projects manager Claudia Innes said: “We’re delighted the refurbishment work is now finished and the new, improved Ridgeway is back open. The improvements have really enhanced the local environment for walkers and cyclists and created a better place for people to live, travel and work, especially as we head towards winter.”

Dr Phil Askew, director of Thamesmead landscape and placemaking at housing group Peabody, said: “The Ridgeway path is a superb link that connects places that would otherwise be difficult for cyclists and pedestrians to visit. We hope the renewed surfacing and connections will encourage residents and visitors alike, to explore the unique landscapes of Thamesmead.”

The pathway is built on top of the Victorian engineered Thames Water sewer pipe, the Southern Outfall Sewer.

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