A bus gate is set to be introduced in Wapping to protect residents from the blight of drivers using their streets as a rush hour rat-run.
The decision follows a consultation which resulted in more than 2,300 responses. 70 per cent of ward residents and 61 per cent of all respondents to the consultation were in favour of a bus gate.
Traffic will be restricted on weekdays from 5.30am to 10.30am and from 4pm to 7pm on Wapping High Street between the junctions of Sampson Street and Knighton Street. Only buses and bicycles will be permitted to pass through during those hours.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “This is one of the biggest responses we’ve ever had to a highways consultation and I know it has generated a lot of debate in Wapping.
“Residents have made it clear that they are fed up with cars using their community as a cut through to avoid traffic on The Highway and we’re doing something about it.
“The changes will be implemented for 18 months initially to assess the impact they have on road safety, traffic congestion and air quality. We will of course monitor the scheme carefully as it proceeds.”
The proposals do not include exemptions for residents or taxis as it was determined that to do so would undermine the overall aims of the bus gate.
Local vehicles and taxis carrying passengers to addresses in the area will still be able to move around freely during restricted hours by using roads on either side of the bus gate.
The bus gate is set to be operational from November following the installation of signage and automatic number plate recognition cameras along the route.
A copy of the consultation report is now available.
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Posted on Monday 5th August 2019