Improvements to the 170 bus route

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Improvements to the 170 bus route

Postby Community Editor » Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:59 am

Wandsworth Councillors have welcomed an announcement that the 170 bus route is to increase its frequency from next month.

From February 1, the 170 - which operates between Victoria Station and Roehampton’s Danebury Avenue - will run every seven to eight minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 12 minutes on Sundays and all other evenings.

The move has been welcomed by residents and councillors who have been lobbying for additional capacity on this route between Roehampton and central London.

And it marks a remarkable turnaround for the route which disappeared without warning in December 2017.

People were up in arms after TfL withdrew the service just before Christmas of that year.

The buses vanished after TfL replaced the old single deckers on this route with new models it claimed could not fit underneath the railway bridge in Lombard Road in Battersea.

At this point TfL withdrew the 170 from this part of Battersea leaving residents living in Lombard Road, Vicarage Crescent and Battersea Church Road with no bus service.

But after nearly 800 people signed a petition, TfL reinstated buses that could fit under the bridge. Services on the 170 resumed in early January 2018.

Wandsworth’s transport spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “This increase in frequency is a very welcome development and will provide our residents with an improved service on this busy and popular route.

“If it hadn’t been for a combination of people power and town hall pressure this bus route might have been axed in 2017 so I’m delighted it’s been given a new lease of life and can continue to serve our residents.”

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