Westminster Labour has opposed plans to locate a coach station at the former railway sidings at Royal Oak which Transport for London is said to be considering as one part of the relocation of Victoria Coach Station to a number of sites around London.
Labour Leader Councillor Adam Hug has written to Deputy Mayor Heidi Alexander to raise concerns that the Royal Oak site is totally unsuitable as a Coach Station, posing a significant threat to the residential areas of Bayswater and Westbourne that surround it. There would be major traffic implications of locating a major Coach Station at Royal Oak, and the impact on local roads, bus and underground services. There would also be significant challenges for Westminster’s rough sleeping services that are currently set up to assist new arrivals entering via Victoria.
Labour are calling on the Council to arrange a Scrutiny Committee hearing at which TfL are called to explain their plans in public and be questioned by Councillors and local groups.
Labour Councillor for Bayswater Maggie Carman said: “TFL must look elsewhere if it wants to build an alternative to Victoria coach station. It would cause massive traffic problems in our area, put greater pressure on local bus routes and disrupt local communities in Bayswater and around Westbourne Green.”