Barkingside bus route is second ‘most dangerous’ in capital

A bus sign. Picture: PA/Nick Ansell

A bus sign. Picture: PA/Nick Ansell - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

A bus route in the borough has racked up the second most number of bus-related injuries in the capital, according to figures released on Friday.

There were 22 bus-related injuries on the 275 route from Walthamstow to Barkingside, which travels through Woodford Green, between April and June this year, according to the findings published by Transport for London (TfL).

Of the 22, five resulted in the injured person needing hospital treatment, with the rest having injuries treated at the scene.

One of the incidents involved an elderly woman who had either slipped, tripped or fallen, with the rest involving a collision.

Redbridge recorded a total of 41 bus-related injuries for the period.

Transport for All, who has listened to the concerns of Redbridge bus users, is calling for drivers to take more care.

Campaigns and Outreach Co-ordinator Lianna Etkind said: “Falls on buses are a real concern – for an older person, it can mean a broken hip and time in hospital.

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“Lots of bus drivers do make the effort to drive smoothly and generally take their time.

“But if disabled and older people are to feel confident to use buses safely, bus drivers need to give us plenty of time to get to our seats before driving off from the stop, this needs to become universal.”

The total number of people injured between April and June on London bus routes was 1,506.

Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director of surface transport, said: “Any injury involving our buses is one too many. That is why we continue to invest in the highest quality bus driver training and a range of safety initiatives to make bus travel even safer.

“We’ll continue to work hard to meet the Mayor’s target of reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on the capital’s roads by 50 per cent by 2020.”

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