Bus Shelter on St. Paul's Road, Islington

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0516
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

I have been campaigning for seats to be installed at a bus shelter on St Paul's Road in Islington, which serves many of my elderly constituents as well as other users. I am told this is impossible because a cellar and a power box are below the shelter. Should this not have been thought of prior to the installation of this bus stop? Why was the bus stop not installed a few feet away where there is clearly no underground obstruction?

Answer

Answer for Bus Shelter on St. Paul's Road, Islington

Answer for Bus Shelter on St. Paul's Road, Islington

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

We strive to provide a shelter and seats where possible, with the shelter placed conveniently to allow full accessibility to and from the bus.

When considering the installation of a shelter, TfL can use technology to `scan' for some obstructions. However it is not possible to identify all obstructions without excavating the site. At this location, the underground cellar was not on plans made available to TfL, and an underground scan did not reveal it. There is little scope to move the stop given due to other provisions such as loading bays.

We are currently looking for a cost effective solution to what is a very unusual problem. The majority of shelters are fitted with seating. We will continue to keep you up to date and apologise to passengers that as yet it has not been possible to install seating here.