March 9 2014 Latest news:
Tim Dickens and Mike Brooke
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A Transport for London cycle lane blunder has left buses unable to stop at a busy east London bus stop.
Passengers wanting to catch a bus near the stop in Stratford High Street must now cross the dangerous Bow Roundabout to board a service, after the wrong line was painted along the side of the Cycle Superhighway Two.
TfL have admitted the “unfortunate” mistake at the Marshgate Road stop, saying the solid white line prevents drivers from pulling in. The bus stop has since been closed as a result, and the shelter was removed last month.
“We have to cross Bow Roundabout to get to our nearest bus stop,” said Carolina del Cura.
Angry passengers have now begun a petition to send to London Mayor Boris Johnson to get the stop reinstated.
Ms del Cura, who is organising the petition, added: “Four cyclists have been killed in two years on the roundabout, it’s dangerous for pedestrians to cross.
“Some neighbours are elderly, some disabled and there are mums with children who have to walk a long way to get a bus.”
The “wrong kind of line” has now led to a bureaucratic nightmare, with TfL officials saying they would have to apply for a new road traffic order to repaint the line as a dashed marking and allow buses to stop again. A spokesman said: “Rule 140 [of the Highway Code] states drivers must not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation.”
“The traffic order for the cycle lane was originally intended to allow buses to stop at Marshgate Lane by crossing the cycle lane. However, this was unfortunately missed out.”
The families have now commissioned a Chartered Civil Engineer for an independent assessment to determine what work would be needed to get the bus-stop reinstated.