Local resident Chris Jackson recently wrote to the Mayor to try and get some sense out of the Council about Wapping bus gate exemptions for holders of Blue Badges.
Thanks to Chris – and Mayor Biggs – he finally got a response (below) and here is the key stuff.
“For the majority of the day there will be no restrictions at the bus gateway and we think this can accommodate most local journeys and therefore no exemptions have been given initially.
To make Wapping an even more pleasant place to live, everyone needs to think about how they travel and we hope this will encourage a lot of people to alter the way they may local trips so they can enjoy walking or cycling more.
However we acknowledge that there may be some people for whom this presents a real difficulty.
We have introduced the bus gateway on an 18 month experimental basis and during this time we will be considering the impacts and residents comments as we have the ability to modify its operation to make it operate as effectively as possible.
As a result of your enquiry, we are specifically investigating the methods which could be used to exempt Blue Badge holders as we are conscious that our enforcement system relies on number plate recognition, whereas the Blue Badge is specific to an individual who may be using a variety of vehicles.
If such an exemption were to be introduced, we would want it to be robust, to the benefit of Wapping residents and not open to abuse.”
Many thanks to Chris for alerting the Council to the fact that Blue Badge holders live in Wapping <sigh>.
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