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The bus has gone — or has it?

October 7, 2010

You could have heard the cheers a mile away, when we heard that Transport for London had abandoned their plans to have a double-decker 78 bus crashing round Arnold Circus day and night. At last they had listened to residents, we thought…!

Well, yes and no….

It is true – and very very welcome – that the 78 is going to end up after January with its last point on CurtainRoad and not on Calvert Avenue.

BUT, Transport for London says: ‘The stand on Calvert Avenue would remain and would instead be used as a curtailment point for through routes. This mean double deck vehicles may occasionally use this stand as circumstance requires…’

This leaves it open-ended, and with no indication of what ‘circumstance’ means. How often? When? It still leaves the prospect of a large bus – twice the height of the present one – using Arnold Circus as its roundabout. For people who live nearby – especially people on the first few floors who will be overlooked – it is a dreadful thought.

So what can you do about it? Tell them.

Write again to Transport for London and say that any bus – 78 or or any other one –  using Arnold Circus as a turning circle is not on. It is a residential area, with a primary school on one side and a park in the middle. It is not a bus garage.

There is a consultation period that closes on FRIDAY OCTOBER 29TH.

Write to Stephen O’Connor, Consultation and Engagement Centre, Transport for London, 11th floor, Zone G2, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ

Or email  –

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