Previously, the only nearby stop was located on the steep Muswell Hill, causing numerous problems for residents who found the stop inaccessible and unsafe to use. Elderly residents, disabled residents and those with young children had particular difficulties waiting for and boarding the bus.
Following a three year Liberal Democrat campaign, an additional W7 bus stop was finally installed by Haringey Council and TFL. The new, permanent stop is on flat ground outside Boots on Muswell Hill Broadway.
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Muswell Hill Gail Engert said:
“The trial of the new bus stop has been a great success I am delighted that TfL have decided to make the new W7 bus stop permanent.
“We have campaigned since 2009 to make this happen. The new bus stop is much better for residents, particularly those with mobility difficulties and parents with buggies. We look forward to the trial for the 144 bus to also use the new stop from the autumn. We will continue to press TfL to make other local bus stops more accessible too.”
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“I am delighted that this new, safe and accessible bus stop is finally permanent. This comes after years of local Lib Dem campaigning and demands that Haringey Council take action.
“I’d like to thank all the residents who supported our battle to secure a trial for this additional stop, and to make it permanent. The combination of Lib Dems and people power in Haringey triumphs once again!”