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Lets stop Centaur Coaches using Wapping as a rat run

By on September 13, 2016 in Environment, News

One moment it is the boy racers making life in Wapping miserable, now it is a coach company – Centaur Coaches to be precise – who are using the narrow streets of E1W as a convenient cut-through. Well, convenient for them, dangerous for Wapping residents.

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A big Centaur Coach

No whacking great commuter coaches in Wapping

“Wapping’s streets are not made for whacking great commuter coaches and nobody wants to see a pedestrian or cyclist get knocked over,” says our local Councillor Julia Dockerill. “

Centaur Coaches have previous for this and lost a challenge against Transport for London’s decision to stop Centaur parking up to seven coaches in an east London residential street during peak commuting hours.

This was the first ever challenge to TfL’s London Service Permit system, which sets out which routes coaches may use in the Capital.

According to Julia’s latest website post she has been working with local residents and Peter Allnutt at the council, who has been sending information on the offenders to TfL.

This seems to have worked to a certain extent but the coaches and lorries are still around.

Spotted a big coach or lorry? Report it!

Julia says that if residents do spot hefty HGVs or cumbersome coaches cutting through Wapping to report them to Peter Allnutt via his email which is peter.allnutt@towerhamlets.gov.uk

[LW note – Peter has helped Wapping out on several occasions, especially fixing the lights in Wapping Woods and elsewhere. He gets stuff done.]

Julia is also talking to Mayor John Biggs about this and TfL’s Head of Surface Transport.

Get in touch with our London Assembly members

She also suggests that residents who want to stop Centaur sending their monster coaches through our little cobbled streets might want to contact either our London Assembly Member, Unmesh Desai  unmesh.desai@london.gov.uk  or the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan mayor@london.gov.uk.

 

 

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