The management of the Brixton Bus Garage on Streatham Hill has replied to complaints about hazardous parking of buses on the A23 - by blaming drivers for not following the rules.
Up to 25 buses regularly park on the Red Route, forcing cyclists and sometimes pedestrians into the busy traffic - and blocking visibility for cars turning into Streatham Hill from Telford Avenue and Wavertree Road.
The junction is a hot-spot of collisions, including a number resulting in death and serious injury over recent years.
Despite complaints, the situation has worsened in the last few months, affecting anyone travelling into and out of Streatham from Brixton.
After police raised our concerns again this week, the bus garage management replied saying that since Jan 21st 2017 two new bus routes - 133 and 333 - have been based at the garage, "and new drivers did not necessarily know the rules."
"I have also asked for the night shunters/staff to report any bus that are causing a problem, thus to identify the drivers flouting the rules. Those drivers are seen by myself or my deputy, any repeat offender is brought forward for disciplinary action."
Members of the Green Team who visited the bus garage last year to raise concerns had been told buses needed to come into Streatham Hill to re-fuel. In this week's email, the manager appears to acknowledge this has caused problems of queues at busy times.
He writes: "We have also looked in to running some finishing buses in to the tram shed to store them there until the traffic is quieter, then fuelling them then.
Since we first published this post a bus driver at the garage has got in touch with a wholly different version of events, saying the problem has worsened since shunting and refuelling was sub-contracted by Arriva to The Capital Group.
The driver tells us: "They've tried to cut costs by contracting shunters in instead of employing their own. Since the change over is been a nightmare, we drive our buses in to the run in to be fuelled and the shunters are meant to take over, once done they're supposed to take them to the tram shed to park them up but they don't.
"They also don't bring the buses up the run in quickly enough to allow more buses to drive in hence why some drivers may leave their buses on streatham hill.
"Drivers leaving the buses there before they changed the shunters this was not such a big issue. There have been nights I've seen buses parked from Christchurch traffic lights all the way down and past the garage. I can't believe the drivers are being blamed for this."
Streatham Green Team along with others from the Safer A23 Campaign is on the case and we will keep you posted.