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Decongestion plans for busy Mollison Way bus route in Harrow with £80,000 of TfL funding
A heavily congested bus route could be cleared up with £80,000 of funding from Transport for London.
Harrow Council is looking at how to spend the money in narrow Mollison Way, which commuters and residents complain is regularly piled up with jammed buses and cars.
The authority has begun a public consultation into its proposals, but is facing criticism over its decision not to include the issue in a major parking re-think on the road.
A separate consultation into proposals for a controlled parking zone (CPZ) around Queensbury tube station, including Mollison Way, ended two weeks ago and bus user Jack Welby believes the two issues should have been considered together.
The local campaigner said: “The road isn’t wide enough, even if they cut out bays where people can park. And if they do that, it seems to me there won’t be enough spaces for everyone in the road.
“They should have run the two consultations together, they should have co-ordinated them. As far as I can see, there has not been a proper coordination between the two and that is disappointing.”
Harrow Council insisted today the parking issues and the CPZ are unrelated and said the consultations were deliberately held seperately.
Bus routes that use the busy route include the 114, 606, 614 and 644, which travel to areas including Harrow-on-the Hill, Mill Hill Broadway, Wembley Park, The Totteridge Academy and Hatfield.
The council says it wants to reduce the congestion in Mollison Way and blames the traffic on the fact cars can currently park on both sides of the road.
Its proposals include double yellow lines, inset parking bays and pedestrian crossing islands.
A council spokeswoman said: “These consultations are about two separate issues.
"The bus route improvement scheme, which is being led by Transport for London, is about reducing the delay for buses travelling along Mollison Way by introducing measures that improve the flow of traffic and reduce possible obstructions. It would have a negligible impact on parking.
"The controlled parking zone is being considered by the council for the wider area and is about introducing measures which discourage commuter parking and make more spaces available for residents. These proposals would take into account any changes in Mollison Way.”
The consultation on the proposals closes on Tuesday, December 17. For more information, visit the council’s website.
Harrow Council is looking at ways to spend the money from TfL in Mollison Way
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