Appeal for London commuter route lost

In the first case of its kind, Centaur Overland Travel has lost its appeal to the First Tribunal against a decision of Transport for London (TfL) refusing to alter the route of a Kent commuter service operated under a London Service Permit (LSP).

Centaur applied to TfL for permission to run its coaches along Abbott Road, so as to be able to join the approach to the Blackwall Tunnel further north, thereby avoiding congestion. The application was opposed by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the grounds that its Local Implementation Plan (LIP) included banning heavy lorries from using the road and to introduce traffic calming.

TfL refused Centaur’s application, saying that should the application be granted it would be contrary to the measures already undertaken in Abbott Road.

Dismissing the appeal, the Tribunal said that even the passage of five or seven coaches during rush hour would have a materially adverse effect upon the residents.

Full report in a forthcoming issue of routeone