Hundreds of people have joined a petition asking Transport for London (TfL) to extend the bus line to Queen’s Hospital in Romford.
Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas met with Gloria Simmons and Keith Hutton of the Chadwell Heath Residents Association to receive the petition.
About 800 signatures have been collected by residents calling for the transportation operator to fix the 86 bus route.
The route currently runs between Stratford and Romford, passing through Manor Park, Ilford, Seven Kings, Goodmaids and Chadwell Heath.
Petitioners say Chadwell Heath residents now have to use two buses to get to Queens.
Crudas said he supports the campaign and will meet with London’s deputy mayor for transport, Seb Dance, to raise the issue in the new year.
“Because Queens Hospital is the primary point of contact for people attending appointments and seeking emergency medical assistance and other medical services, we will continue to operate the 86th bus route, as TfL did with the 5th bus several years ago. It makes sense to extend it.”
The Chadwell Heath Residents Association has sent a letter to TfL proposing a new route for the 86 bus down South Street in Romford before going to the hospital.
Geoff Hobbs, TfL’s Director of Public Transportation Planning, said:
“Several routes go directly to Queens Hospital, and Route 5 was also recently reorganized to serve the hospital as well.
“We welcome all feedback on our service and will continue to monitor how these changes are working.”
A spokesperson said bus travelers using 86 to get to Queens Hospital can transfer to Routes 5, 175, 365 and 498 in the town center of Ramford.
https://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/23206784.petition-urges-bus-route-extension-queens-hospital/?ref=rss Petition urges extension of bus route to Queens Hospital