MP calls on Mayor of London to reroute 384 bus following Salisbury Road flooding

Theresa Villiers criticised both the mayor and Barnet Council following a recent visit to the High Barnet street to talk to residents reports David Floyd

Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers talking to residents of flooded High Barnet street Salisbury Road
Theresa Villiers talks to residents in Salisbury Road – (Credit – Georgina Sanders)

The MP for Chipping Barnet has criticised Barnet Council and the Mayor of London after meeting residents of a High Barnet street blighted by ongoing roadworks.

Barnet Post reported last week on the “extreme disruption” caused to residents of Salisbury Road following the decision of Transport for London to reroute the 384 bus down the street in 2020.

The most recent round of works to resurface the road led to flooding, powercuts and interrupted water supply over a period of more than weeks. 

Now, following a recent meeting with residents of Salisbury Road, Theresa Villiers has called on Sadiq Khan to listen to Barnet residents and change the bus route. 

Following the meeting, she said “The heavy wear and tear on the road in recent months has been caused by the mayor’s decision to send the 384 bus down Salisbury Road. The road is far too narrow to be a bus route. I have raised this with the mayor and TfL many times. Having heard how angry residents are about the disruption the bus is causing, I am going to ask Mayor Khan again to move the route to another street. He should start listening to Barnet residents.”

“It was apparently TfL who insisted on a full carriageway reconstruction in Salisbury Road because of the heavy weight of the 384 bus. But numerous problems arose during the work because Barnet Council contractors kept hitting water pipes causing floods and water outages. Some residents also had their power cut off. One delay was followed by another.”

“These five weeks of work have been a nightmare for residents and I am asking Barnet Council to work out what went so badly wrong, so other streets do not have to go through the same issues. I will also continue to campaign for an alternative route for the 384.”

In response to previous criticism from Salisbury Road residents, a spokesperson for Barnet Council told Barnet Post: “We appreciate that the works on Salisbury Road [have been] causing some disruption to residents”

“As part of our ongoing improvements to Barnet’s highways and pathways, this work is a full carriageway reconstruction rather than simply resurfacing. Unfortunately, the vibration from the machinery necessary to do this work has caused some of the aged water pipes to leak.

“Our staff are working with the road resurfacing and water contractors to find a permanent solution to this.”

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