The Bus Wall?
Thankfully, the 'Bus Wall' proposed by Lambeth
has been rejected by Transport for London.
The picture above shows how Old Town could
from the Common. Hardly appropriate for the very centre of the Clapham Conservation Area.
By July 2011 Lambeth proposed 5 bus stands for bus parking and 1
alighting stop on this short stretch of The Pavement. The wall of buses
is getting even longer.
There were other concerns too. Could the road have supported the traffic that uses
it with buses parked as shown?
If the plans had proceeded, The Pavement, which this road is called, will have
had to take more than double the traffic than it does at the moment because all traffic
though Old Town is to be routed along it.
The present road infrastructure is inadequate to cope with parked and parking buses
along The Pavement and all of the traffic from Old Town, as well as that from
Clapham Common Northside.
would not have coped with the doubling of traffic – and with buses trying to park
and queuing in a one way street.
Crossing from The Pavement to get to the Church and Common would have been much
more difficult with sight of the now busier road being greatly
restricted by the buses parked along it. The Original Master Plan
included two new pedestrian crossings between The Pavement and Old Town.
The view the Original Master Plan click here.