North Woolwich is an unloved part of east London. I’m sure it loved by the people who live there, but it feels like an abandoned place. We are experiencing hard economic times now but North Woolwich didn’t benefit from the boom years.
You’ll find North Woolwich if you get the Woolwich ferry or travel on the DLR to King George V or London City Airport.
It is surrounded by regeneration and economic activity but North Woolwich feels like it has been left behind.
And running right through the middle of it is the building of cross rail – the new rail route linking east and west London. What has this regeneration project done for North Woolwich apart from carve a building site right through it? If it has created any jobs, I doubt that they have replaced those that have gone. A few shops and pubs are clinging on to life and there is even an optimistic developer building a block of ‘luxury’ flats but the many factories which lined Albert Road and the aptly named Factory Road are now derelict as are many of the pubs.