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Wapping Bus Gateway permit (W1)

What is a bus gateway?

A 'bus gateway' is a short section of road blocked off to all traffic except buses and bicycles.

Who can apply for a Wapping bus gateway permit?

A blue badge holder who lives south of Wapping Highway and their postcode begins with E1W.

Do I have to pay for the Wapping bus gateway permit?

There is a £20 administration fee for the permit.

We will contact you by telephone after your application is approved to take payment through a secure line.

Can a blue badge holder apply for more than one Wapping bus gateway permit?

No – you can only apply for one permit. However, if more than one person in the household has a blue badge then each person can apply.

What are the operational times for Wapping bus gateway?

The operational times are Monday to Friday from 5.30am to 10.30am and 4pm to 7pm on Wapping High Street between the junctions of Sampson Street and Knighten Street.

How will Wapping bus gateway be enforced?

We are using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to check that a vehicle has a valid permit.  The updated signs at the Bus Gateway display 'W1' permits are permitted. The 'W1' permit is the Wapping Bus Gateway permit that Blue Badge holders in Wapping can apply for.

What happens if I drive through Wapping bus gateway during the operational times without a permit?

A penalty charge notice will automatically be issued and sent by post.

Do I get a permit to display in my vehicle?

No - ­ we are using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to check that a vehicle has a valid permit. 

What do I need to apply for a Wapping bus gateway permit?

  • Blue badge number
  • Vehicle registration number you wish to register 

Do I have to apply for a Wapping bus gateway if I already have an active Tower Hamlets resident virtual (paperless) permit?

Yes – but you should find the application process quick and easy.

What happens after I submit my Wapping bus gateway online application? 

We aim to process your application within five working days.

Can I drive through Wapping bus gateway before my application is processed? 

No - you must not drive through the bus gateway until your application has been approved and you receive notification.

Apply for a Wapping bus gateway permit 

How do I renew my Wapping bus gateway permit? 

We will contact you by telephone approximately four weeks before the expiry of your virtual permit to take payment through a secure line.

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