MP Receives Petition to Extend 86 Bus Route

CHRA, Jon Cruddas MP, Margaret Mullane PPC
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MP Receives Petition to Extend 86 Bus Route

Today (Friday 16 December) Jon Cruddas MP met with Gloria Simmons and Keith Hutton of the Chadwell Heath Residents Association (CHRA) to receive an 800 strong petition, calling on Transport for London to re-route the 86 bus to Queen’s Hospital.

The petition which was started by residents earlier this year highlights that at present, residents who need to attend Queen’s Hospital must access two buses. This can prove problematic for many residents in the Chadwell Heath area, particularly those with small children, older residents, and those with disabilities.

Jon Cruddas MP has pledged his support for the campaign, accepted the petition, and early in the new year will be meeting with Seb Dance, London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport to press the issue.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham said: “800 is a significant number of signatures and shows the strength of feeling on this issue. Queen’s Hospital is the main point of contact for people attending appointments and seeking either emergency medical help or other health services, so it makes sense to extend the 86 bus route as TfL did with the number 5 bus some years ago.”

In a letter to Transport for London signed by Gloria Simmons and Marilyn Wyatt, the CHRA have proposed two alternative routes with the preferred option for residents being:

“Suggested re-routed bus could follow current route (i.e. London Road, St Edwards Way A1251, Western Road, South Street) but then continue on South Street, A1251 to Oldchurch roundabout, turn left onto A125 and into Queen’s Hospital. Put down and collect customers and return back around Oldchurch roundabout, along South Street and back to Romford Station bus stop for onward journey west.”

Jon explained: “The position of the CHRA constructively offers operational suggestions for how the desired route might be achieved, and I hope that following a meeting with the London Deputy Mayor TfL will review the route.”

Margaret Mullane, Labour PPC for Dagenham & Rainham added: “We have an ageing population, and our constituency sadly has some of the poorest health outcomes in London. Improving accessibility to healthcare hubs such as Queen’s Hospital is very important for all residents and, additionally, by making the journey easier it may help facilitate better early diagnosis.”