Whitton High Street (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1337
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Residents have raised concerns with me concerns that since the bus bays on Whitton High Street were removed, traffic now backs up behind the buses causing congestion. Can you tell me why this problem was not foreseen before the changes were made? Will you now review the work on Whitton High Street to re-establish the bus bays so that buses have space to pull in to allow passengers get on and off and allow other traffic to pass by?

Answer

Answer for Whitton High Street (1)

Answer for Whitton High Street (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is the highway authority for this road and was responsible for the design and implementation of this work.

The parking bays along Whitton High Street were previously located on the carriageway. As part of the scheme, the Borough rationalised the road space by in-setting the parking bays. This change assists the flow of traffic by increasing the width of usable carriageway.

The bus stops have not however changed as part of the scheme and continue to stop on the main carriageway. This is line with TfL's bus priority policy as buses which use inset bays can sometimes experience difficulty re-entering traffic during busy periods. It is vital to maintain bus reliability as buses carry much larger volumes of passengers and it is imperative that they run to schedule. There is however only one bus route that runs along Whitton High Street, and cars can still overtake buses when they stop when there is no oncoming traffic.

I do not believe that there are grounds to warrant asking Richmond to revisit their works at Whitton.