Councillors oppose opening up Thessaly Road
Published: Friday 22nd September 17
Councillors have unanimously backed local objections to plans to open up the northern end of Thessaly Road in Battersea to traffic.
TfL have propose to extend the route of the P5 bus to Battersea Power Station. This would mean opening up Thessaly Road to buses and cyclists. Currently it is closed to all traffic.
Back in July Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia raised concerns about the possible impact on residents of the Savona, Patmore and Carey Gardens Estates and urged local people to have their say in TfL’s consultation exercise. The council has already developed its own proposals for improving Thessaly Road that will make it better for cyclists and pedestrians whilst keeping it closed to traffic.
The proposed new route of the P5
Cllr Govindia said: “Nine Elms will need to be served by more buses in future but we do not know how London’s local bus services will evolve over the next few years or exactly how the regeneration will affect travel patterns and demand. There is no need to be boxed in by a specific route proposal that is not demonstrated as the best option, could not be delivered for several years anyway and risks reducing the quality of service to existing communities.”
The council had already opposed the proposals in its response to TfL’s consultation by the August 20 deadline, pending the issue being formally debated by members of this week’s Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee in response to a petition from local people. The committee voted to formally endorse the council’s opposition to TfL’s proposal.