Eight-day Bow Liveable Streets trial cancelled after just eight hours of traffic chaos

A bus gate in E1W? Be careful what you wish for Wapping residents – you might just get it. The Bow Liveable Streets trial, the star of which was a bus gate on Tredegar Road, that was supposed to last for eight days was cancelled after just eight hour on Saturday on the orders of Mayor Biggs after chaos ensued.

The plan for the trial which was supposed to last from Saturday 13th July through to Sunday 21st July was to close Coborn Road to motor vehicles between Tredegar Road and Malmesbury Road, part closures of Antill Road east of the Lyal Road junction and Antill made two-way between Selwyn Road and Lyal Road.

The existing banned right turn into Coborn Road would be lifted and a bus gate would be in place on Tredegar Road between Fairfield Road and Parnell Road between 7am – 8pm every day and ten parking spaces would be suspended.

Everybody upset. Everybody happy.

Result? Total chaos in Bow. On the positive side the Bow Liveable Streets trial did manage to upset everybody in equal measure as can be seen by the storm of outraged / supportive tweets flying around at the weekend.

Even the Bow residents (and non-residents who were just poking their noses in because they have a vested interest) who were happy were unhappy because some people were unhappy when they thought they should be happy.

Delhi – not Bow. Close though.

“Poorly managed but told us plenty”

@MayorJohnBiggs made very good use of Twitter with one reply to a comment being “It was poorly managed, but told us plenty. The objective – to reduce unnecessary traffic, particularly through traffic that should stay on main roads – remains. Bow is a fine area but will be better with less traffic and pollution. No change [is] not a choice.”

The pro-cycling evangelists were upset the trial was cancelled, the black cab drivers were pleased the trial was cancelled, the Uber drivers were lost (and upset), some local residents thought the trial was great, other residents thought it was a disaster, some said there had not been enough leafleting, others complimented the Council on the comprehensive leafletting, some praised the Mayor, others were not quite so pleased with him.

It certainly got people talking. Well, throwing insults at each other on Twitter.

Below are a few random tweets which are completely unrepresentative of the responses although, as ever, Councillor Andrew Wood (Conservative, Canary Wharf) is one of the most sensible commentators.

versus

A waste of good hot air

And of course Twitter is unrepresentative at the best of times so everyone who did comment was wasting their breath anyway but it made them feel better. Or more upset.

Saint Simon of Traffic Management Surveys was so annoyed he got his lance out.

LW is not brave enough to have looked at any comments on Facebook, we have been told it is not a pretty sight.

Others have started a petition to Rushanara Ali MP: Action to stop the bus gate in Tredegar Road Bow and other changes that are linked

End result? The Council remains committed to devising a plan but at the moment nobody knows what the plan is.

So Wapping residents who are itching to see what the plans are for their very own bus gate might want to chill as at the moment all bets are off. Or possibly on. Whatever.

Related Internet Links


Please help fund Love Wapping

The Wapping MoleIf you found this story useful please consider helping Love Wapping continue to cover issues like this by making a donation to Love Wapping. No other publications in east London or Tower Hamlets cover the types of stories that we do - but these stories need to be told. Love Wapping does not carry advertising and receives no financial support apart from people like you.