Refurbished Ridgeway path opens

Ridgeway path in Thamesmead has reopened after being closed for improvement work.

The newly improved path gives pedestrians and cyclists a more convenient and accessible route between Cory Bridge and Sporting Club Thamesmead. The old grass track path has been surfaced making it easier to use. Glow in the dark light discs have been installed into the surfacing which will help to mark the path edge in the evening. There’s also a new access ramp to Southmere Park, as well as new gates and signage - writes bexley.gov.uk.

The London Borough of Bexley has agreed a management and maintenance plan for the route with Thames Water to make sure the improvements are looked after in the future.

Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, Cllr Linda Bailey said: “The work to Ridgeway path has greatly improved accessibility for users, offering a useable route between north and south 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.”

The path’s improvements were funded by Thames Water, the London Borough of Bexley and Peabody. Project partners include the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the North West Kent Countryside Partnership.

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.”

Peabody’s Director of Thamesmead Landscape & Placemaking, Dr Phil Askew 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 Ridgeway runs for three and a half miles from Plumstead Station in the west to Crossness Pumping Station in the east. It is built on top of the Victorian engineered Thames Water sewer pipe, the Southern Outfall Sewer.

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