Bus gateway to open in Wapping

A bus gateway will be introduced in Wapping this month to protect residents from the blight of drivers using their streets as a rush hour rat-run.

From Wednesday 13 November, 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 Knighten Street.

Only buses and bicycles will be permitted to pass through during those hours with signs warning motorists and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras enforcing the restrictions.

The gateway is aimed at improving safety and reducing noise and air pollution for residents who suffer from thousands of vehicles using the road as a shortcut in and out of central London.

Knighten Street will become a cul-de-sac to prevent vehicles using the narrow road to avoid the gateway.

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.

Motor vehicles will still be able to access roads on either side of the gateway.

Letters and leaflets have been sent to addresses in the area and signs have been erected warning drivers of the restrictions on Wapping High Street and The Highway.

The gateway will be implemented on an 18-month basis to see its impact.

For enquiries or feedback, email liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Bus gateway map - NOVEMBER 2019 v2

 

 

Posted on Friday 8th November 2019