Victory for Battersea residents as missing 170 bus set to return
Published: Friday 12th January 18
Battersea residents are breathing a sigh of relief after travel chiefs at Transport for London pledged to restore their missing 170 bus service from Monday morning.
Local people were up in arms after TfL withdrew the service just before Christmas without telling anyone.
The buses disappeared after TfL replaced the old single deckers on this route with new models that could not fit underneath the railway bridge in Lombard Road.
Despite TfL claims that the bridge's current 3m/10ft clearance had been lowered, this image from June 2008 shows it has remained unchanged
And instead of telling local people – or restoring the old buses as a stopgap until they could work out a longer-term solution, TfL simply withdrew the 170 from this part of Battersea leaving residents living in Lombard Road, Vicarage Crescent and Battersea Church Road with absolutely no bus service at all.
But following pressure from the council - and from local people, 790 of whom signed a petition in just a few days, TfL has relented and reinstated buses that can fit under the bridge. Services on the 170 are now scheduled to resume on Monday morning.
Wandsworth’s transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “This was a completely farcical situation that was entirely of TfL’s own making.
“It seems they went ahead and ordered new buses for this route without checking if they could actually fit under the railway bridge.
“This was then compounded by their reluctance to come clean and admit they’d made a mistake. Instead they removed all the buses and hoped no-one would notice or kick up a fuss. They were certainly wrong about that!
“I am very pleased that a combination of town hall pressure combined with people power in Battersea has seen this ludicrous situation brought to an end and buses back on the route.
“We will of course continue to offer our support to TfL to find an engineering solution so that the modern buses that should be on this route can be introduced as quickly as possible."