Battersea residents demand return of vanishing 170 bus
Published: Tuesday 9th January 18
Battersea residents are up in arms after transport bosses at TfL withdrew their local bus service just before Christmas without telling anyone.
People who live in Lombard Road, Vicarage Crescent and Battersea Church Road were dismayed when the 170 bus disappeared in the run up to Christmas.
It subsequently emerged that TfL had replaced the old single decker buses on this route with new models that are deemed too big to fit underneath the railway bridge in Lombard Road.
This image from June 2008 shows the current height restriction dates back to at least then
Now the council has stepped in to try and help TfL find an urgent solution to the problem in a bid to get the buses back on the road.
Wandsworth’s transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “It is a farcical situation that has been exacerbated by TfL’s reluctance to come clean and admit they made a mistake.
“It seems obvious that nobody bothered to double check if their new fleet of buses would actually fit underneath the bridge.
“And instead of telling anyone they simply withdrew the 170 from this part of Battersea leaving residents there with absolutely no bus service at all.
“The only reason we found out was because local people contacted us to ask what had happened to their local buses. And when we contacted TfL they tried to muddy the waters by suggesting the bridge must have been lowered – but it hasn’t changed since the Victorians built it. It’s as tall now as it was then and the height restriction on it has been the same since at least 2008.
“What’s really disappointing is that once they knew there was a problem, TfL didn’t do the sensible thing and reinstate the old buses until they could work something out. They just decided to abandon residents in this part of Battersea and leave them without their buses.
“Obviously this is not an acceptable situation so our engineers will be working with TfL to try and find a solution so that local people can have their buses back.”