20 new fixed bus stops will help Bexley passengers

PUBLISHED: 11:56 04 October 2019

The hail and ride service will be changed to a fixed stop service. Picture: Johnathan Brady/ PA images

The hail and ride service will be changed to a fixed stop service. Picture: Johnathan Brady/ PA images

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Thousands of bus passengers, including many from Bexley, will be able to catch a bus more easily following pressure from a leading campaign group.

New fixed bus stops will vastly improve accessibility for the public and give thousands of passengers greater clarity says a transport watchdog.

London TravelWatch said it welcomes the conversion of the hail and ride sections of route B13 between New Eltham and Bexleyheath to fixed bus stop locations. This is one of more than 75 sections of London bus route that do not have fixed bus stops.

London TravelWatch chairman Arthur Leathley said: "We have long advocated for fixed bus stops to be introduced as a reasonable adjustment to make London's bus services accessible to everyone. By enabling the driver to pull the bus in parallel to a kerb of appropriate height at a fixed bus stop, full use can be made of the low floor, kneeling feature and wheelchair ramp on every bus.

"This makes getting on and off buses easier for older and disabled people, wheelchair users and parents with buggies and young children."

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He said buses operating to fixed stops provide visually impaired passengers, those with learning difficulties or mobility restrictions and anyone unfamiliar with the area with a clear indication of where they will stop. They also run to a timetable, which allows Transport for London to provide real time information to passengers with mobile devices, more details for journey planning and next stop information on the bus.

London TravelWatch has been researching the issue of hail and ride bus routes and continues to liaise with TfL and London boroughs to promote the conversion of hail and ride sections to fixed bus stops.

It is the official watchdog representing the interests of transport users in and around London, and independent of the transport operators and government and is sponsored and funded by the London Assembly, part of the Greater London Authority.

TfL said the scheme proposed 20 new fixed stops in Bexley as the B13 route operates four buses per hour between Bexleyheath and New Eltham Station.

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