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Peckham’s Rye Lane reopens for London buses and taxis after 15 months of closure

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Southwark Council and TfL has reopened Rye Lane in Peckham for buses, Hackney carriages and timed deliveries for the first time in 15 months.

The high street was closed to all traffic and became pedestrianised in July 2020, but became a struggle for those with mobility challenges and local businesses relying on customers travelling by bus or taxi.

In an online statement, Southwark Council said it decided to close Rye Lane for social distancing during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, but reopened this morning (Monday, October 18) following the lifting of most government restrictions and low Covid rates.

READ MORE: Peckham local wants to keep high street closed to traffic forever for sake of ‘character and the community’

Buses and taxis will be reintroduced to the area under an 18 month trial period, any vehicles driving through without permission will receive a £65 fine.

Southwark Council said: “The trial will improve access to Peckham Rye train station, linking the transport hub with local buses.

“This will help people to continue their journey more seamlessly, particularly in winter months, and especially those with mobility challenges, small children or heavy bags.”

A former pedestrianised Rye Lane, new road markings were introduced ahead of today’s (October 18) 18 month trial

The reopening of Rye Lane has received mixed reactions by residents online, with one claiming “it was a missed opportunity” for wider pavements, cycling lanes and tackling climate change.

Lewisham Cyclists, part of the London Cycling Campaign group, tweeted: “Also safe space for people walking was so well used and appreciated. Majority using this road do so on foot.

“Now crammed back on to insufficient tiny narrow pavements, constantly being forced to step sideways into road.”

Another Peckham resident stressed that the reopening of the street should be for cars too.

They wrote online: “Why can’t cars drive there as well. It must be murder in the side roads with the extra traffic.”

Another resident said: “Rye Lane should never have been closed in the first place!!”

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However, another resident stressed the importance of it being accessible again for elderly residents and the less able.

“Lets not get into a argument about the rights and wrongs about Rye Lane. Lets think about the elderly and less able people who have suffered 15 months of not getting to Rye Lane properly,” they said.

Despite today’s reopening, Southwark Council said it will consider closing Rye Lane for “motor traffic free days” at the request of residents during the 18 month trial.

The council also announced a major clean up in the area, after 200 commercial shutters were vandalised with graffiti, and will add extra bins to help keep the area clean.

What’s your thoughts on the reopening of Rye Lane for buses and taxis? Let us know in the comments section here.

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