Holloway shop threatened by plan to park a bus on its doorstep

BUSINESS at a family-run car spares shop could soon grind to a halt – if Transport for London gives the green light to a plan to park a bus stop over its loading bay.

Autoparts, in Holloway Road, Holloway, will lose passing trade and struggle to take deliveries if TfL takes over the space.

The bay is needed to offload large lorry deliveries of oil, batteries and other parts and accessories, which the shop receives several times a month.

Jonathan Selby, director of Autoparts, said: “It will put us out of business – there’s no doubt about it. It will make trading extremely difficult.”

TfL is carrying out works at the stretch of Holloway Road between Drayton Park and Liverpool Road, near to the shop. It has launched a public consultation on its proposals, which include shunting the bus stop up the road.

Mr Selby is angry that he was given no notification – despite the damage it could do to his business.

“We didn’t get anything through the front door,” he said. “It’s a loading bay that we need for commercial deliveries. We might get a dozen pallets of oil at a time.

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“Without that loading bay we’re going to have a fight with our suppliers. They’re not going to want to carry boxes of oil over Holloway Road or walk up and down the street with them.”

The shop was started by Mr Selby’s father and uncle 38 years ago – around the time of the 38-year-old’s birth. Now the father-of-two is worried his young family’s livelihood could be hit.

He added: “People come down on Sunday because they can’t stop for long during the week, and that’s a big part of our business. It’s going to kill our Sunday trade because they won’t be able to stop outside anymore.”

A TfL spokeswoman said: “Junction improvement works are due to take place in Drayton Park and this will mean the south-bound bus stop along Holloway Road will need to be repositioned.

“We are currently consulting on the new location of the bus stop. The consultation closes on December 17 and a decision is likely to be made in the new year.”