Concerns have been raised with the Council after it was revealed that a bus stop in Muswell Hill used by residents to get to local health facilities may not be moved, jeopardising efforts to make it more accessible for elderly and disabled users.
Local Liberal Democrats, who have been campaigning for the W7 and 144 bus stops to both be moved from Muswell Hill to Muswell Hill roundabout for many years, have said that the Council’s reluctance to trial a move for both routes is bad news for local residents.
The Council and Tranport for London (TfL) gave the green light to moving the stop on a trial basis last year.
Cllr Martin Newton (Fortis Green) comments:
“The Council recognises that the current stop on the steep slope of Muswell Hill is unacceptable and inaccessible for older residents and disabled bus users wanting to get to Hornsey Central Health centre.
“It looks like the Council will now only look at moving one route after the Olympics and this is likely to be the 144. There would be a solution to the problem of moving both buses if there was the will to do it.
“Unfortunately for older residents and disabled users wanting to go the health centre the Council seems reluctant to act.
“Liberal Democrats will keep fighting to have both these stops moved.”
Lynne Featherstone MP adds:
“Last year the Council and TfL agreed that this bus stop should be moved – I am furious that they have now gone back on their word.
“The slope on Muswell Hill hasn’t got less dangerous for older and disabled residents to walk up. The W7 stop must be moved and I will continue to fight for it to happen.”
Okay, so people can switch buses at the bus stop halfway down Muswell Hill before the two routes diverge. But with two bus companies involved would ticket transfer be allowed for people without freedom passes?