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London residential road is blocked in stand-off between bus, van and car

A residential road in London was today blocked in a standoff between a bus, a van and a car as locals across the capital accuse Sadiq Khan of diverting traffic from richer to poorer areas.

Footage from Barnet in North London captures the gridlock as a man narrates the scene before him, saying: ‘The car is going nowhere, the bus is going nowhere and the lorry that has just come behind the bus is going no where.’

‘This is absolutely crazy,’ he adds. ‘This is nutty.’  

In the clip, a man attempting to enter the road in a car leaves his vehicle and shouts: ‘Guys come on someone’s got to reverse, what’s going on are we just going to sit here?’

He then begins to speak to the bus driver as others approach to discuss how they can resolve the traffic jam.








A residential road in London was today blocked in a standoff between a bus, a van and a car as locals across the capital accuse Sadiq Khan of diverting traffic from richer to poorer areas

A residential road in London was today blocked in a standoff between a bus, a van and a car as locals across the capital accuse Sadiq Khan of diverting traffic from richer to poorer areas

Pictured: Traffic jam in Barnet

Pictured: Traffic jam in Barnet

In the clip, a man attempting to enter the road in a car leaves his vehicle and shouts: ‘Guys come on someone’s got to reverse, what’s going on are we just going to sit here?’

‘I could be here a long time while this unfolds,’ the cameraman goes on, panning to show a van on the other side of the road blocking the bus. 

The cameraman added the issues are the result of a new bus route which includes ‘inappropriate roads for such big vehicles.’ 

The standoff comes amid the Mayor of London’s ongoing war on motorists, after his measures to curb pollution have come under fire for causing chaos on the roads. 

His £33million Low Traffic Neighbourhood has implemented cycle lane segregation and banned turns at several junctions to promote alternative forms of travel.

However it has been dropped by his own local council over concerns it is causing ‘chaos’, blocking emergency vehicles and generating ‘excessive levels of pollution’.

A statement from the Wandsworth Conservatives earlier this month claimed the scheme, which prohibited vehicles from using certain roads, is ‘not wanted’ and the ‘adverse effects’ are now clear.

Congestion has also been compounded by the closure of Hammersmith Bridge. 

Pictured: Traffic jam in Barnet

Pictured: Traffic jam in Barnet

A motorist then begins to speak to the bus driver as others approach to discuss how they can resolve the traffic jam

The standoff comes amid the Mayor of London's ongoing war on motorists, after his measures to curb pollution have come under fire for causing chaos on the roads. Pictured: Barnet today

The standoff comes amid the Mayor of London’s ongoing war on motorists, after his measures to curb pollution have come under fire for causing chaos on the roads. Pictured: Barnet today

Mr Khan's £33million Low Traffic Neighbourhood has implemented cycle lane segregation and banned turns at several junctions to promote alternative forms of travel

Mr Khan’s £33million Low Traffic Neighbourhood has implemented cycle lane segregation and banned turns at several junctions to promote alternative forms of travel

Rivals accuse Mr Khan of creating ‘incompetence and chaos’ by not getting a grip on the repair works after the route was closed in April 2019.

Last week, Conservative London Assembly member Tony Arbour said: ‘You have created incompetence and chaos on both sides of Hammersmith Bridge.

‘You have caused an existential crisis for the residents of Barnes. Will he man-up and actually take action?’

Mr Khan said: ‘If the member was being serious about wishing to have the bridge opened sooner rather than later he would be lobbying his government friends to get moving.’ 

His scheme has sparked fury among residents in London, with some claiming the mayor has diverted traffic through poorer areas.  

One woman, from Brent in northwest London, said: ‘Apparently, the ‘privileged’ south of the ward gets signage saying healthy neighbourhood, local access only. 

‘We poor sods who live in the less favoured part are therefore classified as suitable for thru traffic. This is disgusting.’ 

A lone cyclist travels along a bike lane on Park Lane in London's exclusive Mayfair district at 2.30pm earlier this month

A lone cyclist travels along a bike lane on Park Lane in London’s exclusive Mayfair district at 2.30pm earlier this month

Empty new bike lanes cause long queues of cars and vans along Balham High Road in South London at 10.30am

Empty new bike lanes cause long queues of cars and vans along Balham High Road in South London at 10.30am

Vehicles pass by a bus lane at the Tooting end of Balham High Street in South London

Vehicles pass by a bus lane at the Tooting end of Balham High Street in South London

Residents in the One Oval group have also organised protests over Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Lambeth, arguing the scheme is displacing traffic to poorer areas and already busy main roads.

Sam Cooray told the Guardian: ‘I’m between two main roads so I’m in a cloud of pollution, and my children are in a cloud of pollution.’

She said those who advocate for the scheme are from a very narrow section of the area, adding: ‘They are not representative of working classes, of BME communities, of the disabled, of local businesses.’ 

Despite the dozens of new cycle lanes added under Mr Khan’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme, photographs taken earlier this month showed how the paths were empty while cars and vans sat in heavy traffic alongside them.

A green traffic light for bicycles in Tooting, South London, amid controversy over the implementation of cycle lanes

A green traffic light for bicycles in Tooting, South London, amid controversy over the implementation of cycle lanes

Cars queue on Balham High Road in South London at 10.30am, an area badly blighted by traffic in recent weeks

Cars queue on Balham High Road in South London at 10.30am, an area badly blighted by traffic in recent weeks

Cars queue next to an empty cycle lane on Park Lane in London's Mayfair district at 2.30pm

Cars queue next to an empty cycle lane on Park Lane in London’s Mayfair district at 2.30pm

The new lanes were brought in to encourage people to cycle to work by giving them more space and reduce the pressure on public transport amid fears over social distancing issues on the Underground and buses. 

It comes as Transport for London had to ask the Government for a £4.5billion bailout after its revenue plummeted by 90 per cent and it quickly burned through its £2billion reserves after the coronavirus lockdown was imposed in March.

But roads such as Balham High Street in South London, Upper Street in Islington and Park Lane in Mayfair were empty of bicycles, with the reduced road space appearing to instead cause congestion for local motorists. 

Elsewhere, on Colliers Wood High Street a cycle lane has been bizarrely built directly right through the underhang of a bus stop, with one Twitter user saying: ‘Can you spot the mistake on this? Waste of money!’ 

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