Belvedere Industrial Area to Lewisham Bus Garage
Wednesday June 1st 2011
This was to be our second route today that was to fill the gaps in and so complete a sequence of nine routes – most of them originating in SE London. Our route planner was away walking in France and I was not sure she had absolutely noticed that Thamesmead Town Centre is not quite the same as Belvedere Industrial area – there would have been a complicated 2-3 bus trip to link them but in the end Mary and I decided to walk a 2 mile chunk of the Thames Path from Thamesmead Pumping Station to Crabtree Manor Way a route which circles the ‘bump’ that is essentially Thamesmead – it also takes you past such delights as the Crossness Pumping Station, then The Crossness Sewage Works and the new re-cycling facility for the posh inner London boroughs – bring your rubbish to Thamesmead… ‘The Riverside Resource Recovery Facility’
The river sparkled in the sun, and it was interesting to see Dagenham, so recently visited by us on routes 173-5, from across the Thames. The sewage works were a little wiffly today leading us to wonder whether this was another hazard of living in Thamesmead, when the wind is in the wrong direction.
a) There must be money in muck as evidenced by ‘The Sopranos’ and their interests in waste disposal
b) In order for huge city like London to function there has to be this whole hidden side where lorry loads of crap of all kinds arrive at the Eastern outskirts and get disposed of….
c) Are Belvedere & Thamesmead as New Jersey to London’s NY?
The 180 then heads on passing a steel horse at the roundabout, and down Yarnton Way, one of the bigger main roads through Abbey Wood and Thamesmead, and by the look of the Sixties type tower blocks one of the older parts of Thamesmead. Walkways are provided to cross the roads and by the number of people boarding the 180, it is one of the few routes serving this densely populated part of Thamesmead. We saw no shops and only 1 pub – the aptly named ‘Barge Pole’ as included in insider memoir
Again we passed the chimney seemingly for rent (see the post for the 177).
It was clear by the time we got to Woolwich, having picked up even more passengers in Plumstead, that this was the destination for most travellers though new ones boarded to complete the last leg of the trip back into Lewisham.
By now the driver was really going as fast as he could – at times leaving the passengers waiting to be picked up by a rather more patient 177 driver. Greenwich looked as scenic as ever. In many ways historic Greenwich would benefit by being a pedestrianised area, both for the volume of tourists and the cleanliness of the buildings, but there is nowhere you could really re-locate the traffic – Trafalgar Road is the only way between the river and the hill that is Greenwich Park.
later summer one – not sure what’s going on here?
The road between Greenwich and Lewisham does have some nice quirky shops – we had already passed The Mirror Shop and then spotted a curious sculpture of Mr Punch on the front of a house in Greenwich Road.