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Transport for London driver says new 209 bus stop in Mortlake is dangerous for passengers
Bus users and drivers are in the midst of an ongoing battle with Transport for London (TfL) as they fear a change to bus stops will lead to accidents.
Passengers who use the 209 bus, which runs from Mortlake to Hammersmith, are angry at a TfL decision to stop letting people off the bus at the terminal in Avondale Road, Mortlake.
Instead passengers must get off at a separate stop in Avondale Road - a move which residents said is dangerous as people are forced to cross the road and walk in front of buses.
Commuters bombarded TfL with letters but have failed to get answers as to why the bus stop was moved 15 months ago and are calling for the change to be reversed.
One bus user, who collected 180 signatures protesting the decision, has contacted Boris Johnson about the decision.
The passenger, who did not want to be named, said: “I will not stop fighting for the people.
“We are just talking about one bus stop which has been moved from safety to danger.”
Michael Freestone, who lives in Alder Road, said: “Does what they have done create a safer environment to what was there before?
“We think it does not and it has in fact made it more dangerous.”
A 209 driver, who has worked for TfL for eight years, said: “People now cross the road in front of the bus and it is very dangerous. There is going to be an accident.”
Mike Weston, TfL’s director of buses, said the stop was moved and pavement widened to make it fully accessible for all passengers.
He said: “Passengers on Avondale Road used to alight at a bus stand which was located on a central reservation.
“A decision was made to move the bus stop to a location nearby to make it fully accessible for all bus users.
“This forms part of our commitment to increase the number of fully accessible bus stops to 95 per cent by 2016.
“We are aware that some local residents are unhappy with the new location and we continue to work with both them and the London borough of Richmond to see whether there is an alternative solution.”
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