WAPPING BUS GATE - Transport For London - Freedom Of Information - Bus Gate response


Dear Residents, 

The St Katharine’s and Wapping Ward Panel launched an FOI, (Freedom of Information) request on the 21st July 2022 to understand the funding contributions made by TFL, the total cost of the Bus Gate and any correspondence relating to the benefits the Bus Gate might have on its operations. 

Please see below response to the FOI request. 

Our Ref: FOI-0945-2223 

Thank you for your request received on 21 July 2022 asking for information about a bus gate in Wapping.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm we hold some of the information you require. You asked for:

a) The specific percentage of overall funding provided by TfL for the Wapping bus gate (expressed as a numeric percentage out of 100)

b) The total overall cost of the bus gate 

The scheme was delivered by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and TfL provided a fixed £40k contribution under the Bus Priority programme in 2019/20. As this scheme was led by the Borough we do not hold information on the total overall cost of the bus gate and are unable to provide a percentage of the overall funding TfL provided. 

c) Any reasons stated in TfL correspondence (written in hard-copy or email) that TfL felt a bus gate in Wapping High Street would be beneficial to its operations

Please see the below extract from correspondence with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. This was part of an End of Year Review Borough Audit in August 2020 that states the reasons the bus gate would be beneficial to bus passengers as well as local residents.  


Scheme ID
Scheme Name
Location
Details

Narrative
Expected Outcome

33569
Bus Priority – Wapping Bus Gate

Introduction of a bus gate to enable continued operation of the 100 route when through traffic was restricted through the Wapping area. Traffic flow throughout the day reduced by more than half and reliability of the D3 and 100 has been protected as a result of the reduced traffic movement.
Reduction in traffic volume and associated noise at peak times when traffic rat runs through Wapping to avoid congestion on The Highway. Maintenance of 100 bus route through the traffic restriction and improved reliability for D3 and 100 services. 6 month review showed traffic flow throughout the day has reduced by more than 40% and reliability of the D3 and 100 has been protected as a result of the reduced traffic movement.


Key Notes:  

TFL provided a £40,000.00 contribution to the Wapping Bus gate scheme which makes TFL a key stakeholder. 

‘This was part of an End of Year Review Borough Audit in August 2020 that states the reasons the bus gate would be beneficial to bus passengers as well as local residents - 6 month review showed traffic flow throughout the day has reduced by more than 40% and reliability of the D3 and 100 has been protected as a result of the reduced traffic movement.’ 


On the 10th August 2022, The St Katharine’s and Wapping Ward Panel wrote and shared this information with - 

Mayor Luftur Rahman 

Director for Public Realm - Dan Jones 

CEO LBTH – Will Tuckley 

Cllr - Abdal Ullah 

Cllr - Amy Lee London 

Assembly Representative – Unmesh Desai.


St Katharine's and Wapping Ward Panel                                                                       11/08/2022