“I’m moving to East Greenwich soon (Pelton Road) and was wondering if it’s safe for a girl to walk or cycle on her own back from working in East London? Are the foot tunnel and Crane Street ok at night/commuter hours?”
The Phantom replies:
Well, nowhere’s totally safe – but I’d say that, during ‘commuter hours,’ especially, there’s really no issue at all with either the foot tunnel or Crane Street. Until recently there were lift attendants in the foot tunnel (when the lift was actually working.) There won’t be any once it’s been ‘upgraded’ though they promise Fort Knox-level CCTV. I guess the question will be if anyone’s actually watching it late at night. But during ‘commuter hours’ the tunnel’s very busy – your worst threat will be naughty non-dismounting cyclists whizzing past you.
I will be happier all-round once the hoardings around the Cutty Sark/new pier/tunnel works are gone and there are fewer places for generic bad people to hang around – but really, I think it’s never been safer round there – especially with the Brewery open and porters at the gates either end of the ORNC.
Crane Street is well-lit – and with its couple of pubs, there are usually people around – I don’t really see much (or indeed anything) in the way of trouble – you’d be worse off in the centre of town late on a Friday or Saturday night (I’ve never forgotten the woman who got hit by a bottle by a drunk who was actually aiming at his ‘mate’ ). People spill out onto the pavement around the Trafalgar Tavern of a sunny evening, and even in the winter there’s ‘stuff’ going on, with the university and sundry events.
Very late at night, you might choose to be more careful – as as one might anywhere late at night on one’s own. And of course in the depths of winter it gets a bit more lonely than in the summer when the evenings are light and there are plenty of people about.
I guess the bit just by the power station might be thought of as a potential hazard – but it’s not much – the Cutty Sark pub and the Thames path attract plenty of people.
IMHO there’s really no problem if you use a bit of common sense – but others here might have cautionary tales.