Residents up in arms over bus stop move
Residents are furious after a bus stop was moved without consultation, writes Jack Costley. The bus stop in Willesden Lane, is now 150 yards further up the road after a private meeting between Brent Council officials and police found there were major roa
Residents are furious after a bus stop was moved without consultation, writes Jack Costley.
The bus stop in Willesden Lane, is now 150 yards further up the road after a private meeting between Brent Council officials and police found there were 'major road safety risks.'
Robert Sanger, who lives on the lane and chairs the Tarranbrae residents' committee, said: "There is no record in Brent's history of there ever having been an accident at this bus stop.
"It was changed without any warning what so ever. They dug it up and moved it. High-handed is just not the word."
"One of our frail residents, an elderly lady of 83 who has suffered cancer, went to Kilburn to do her shopping. On her return her shopping was too heavy to carry from the new bus stop.
"She was forced to get back on the bus to Willesden, where she switched onto another bus coming back the other way. All this just so she could get to a bus stop that was close enough to get her shopping home."
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The new location forces residents to walk at least 75 yards along narrow pavement before they can safely cross the road.
Cllr Carol Shaw, Brondesbury ward, has denounced the secretive decision as a disgrace.
She said: "No consideration has been given to residents who have moved to Willesden Lane, for the easy access to and from the bus stop,
"This is vital as many are old, disabled or have mobility problems."
A TfL spokeswoman said: "It was too close to a pedestrian crossing so it's been moved up the road. We did send letters to people living close by and that all happened on the July 6.