Elderly residents hit out at removal of Chadwell Heath bus stop

Nearly 100 residents of a retirement complex in Chadwell Heath, including a 94-year-old, have had their say on the removal of a bus stop.

The pensioners from Cunningham Close and Rosewood Court had their nearest bus stop, outside West View Cottages, Chadwell Heath Lane, removed in January 2011.

Transport for London (TfL) removed it after being warned by police that cars parking in the stop were forcing buses to let passengers board in the middle of the road.

A new pilot stop was put in place outside Cunningham Close in October but was withdrawn after complaints from residents.

There is now no southbound stop between Little Heath and 199 Chadwell Heath Lane.

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Speaking at a meeting of area committee five on Monday, Cunningham Close resident Pam Shelley said the stop was a safety hazard as buses blocked the view of the road on a bend.

But Rosewood Court manager Ann Low said her residents need the stop back or a hail and ride area in its place.

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She added: “The complex is for independent living and the residents live independently very well.

“But they aren’t as sprightly as they used to be and removing the bus stop has caused them a huge amount of hardship.”

The committee agreed to rule out Cunningham Close and continue looking into alternative arrangements with TfL.

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