The proposal by Transport for London to terminate the 100 bus route at the Museum of London, short of St. Paul’s, has been condemned as discrimination against Wapping residents who are disabled or who have young children.
A letter of objection from a resident (below) states that this is the latest change to the 100 bus route that effectively “makes it impossible for Wapping Residents in wheelchairs or with walking difficulties to get to the West End on an integrated Public Transport Service. “
A much better plan would be to re-route the 100 bus back to the St Paul’s Churchyard stop and turn it around from there.
Mayor John Biggs has been made aware of the issue and is supporting Wapping residents with this issue.
Letter of objection by Wapping resident to TfL
“I object profoundly to the proposed curtailment of the 100 bus at the Museum of London.
1) It will no longer serve the Wapping Community of workers in the City of London, by stopping short of Cheapside and St Pauls.
2) You have already disrupted the integration of the 100 bus with other West End buses when you re-routed it away from St Paul’s Churchyard stop, where you could alight and pick up the 23 or 11 to Oxford Street or Westminster. Now those less able to walk/have young children have to alight at One New Change and walk around the corner to St Paul’s Churchyard and do the same on the return route.
3) Yet again you are discriminating against the Disabled – this is the 3rd major proposal by TFL which makes it impossible for Wapping Residents in wheelchairs or with walking difficulties to get to the West End on an integrated Public Transport Service by:
(a) Not giving lift access at Wapping Station when it was redeveloped into the London Overground Station. There is access to Cinnamon Street at the far end of each platform to have put in a lift to give access to Wheelchairs and to Mothers with Prams, but TfL chose to save money, denying full access to all Wapping residents and workers to the Overground service at Wapping.
(b) You re-routed the 100 bus away from St Paul’s Churchyard making it impossible for the disabled to have a seamless transfer onto the buses serving the West End.
(c) You now propose to stop the 100 at the Museum of London, making the disabled change onto the 388 for one stop to New Change and then having to change again and walk around to St Pauls Churchyard to connect to the West End buses. This latest proposal is tantamount to a complete disregard for the needs of the residents and workers of Wapping.”
The letter of objection also highlights an issue which has baffled many Wapping residents – why is there no lift access to the Overground platform?
The existing lift only goes part of the way and, as any carer with a pram will testify, the steps to the platform itself are a huge obstacle. Often people are reliant on Overground staff or other travellers to help them up and down the steps.
And the steps make Wapping Overground a no-go zone for anyone who uses a wheelchair or who was difficulty walking.
Steps at the station are not just a matter of convenience – they isolate Wapping.
Leave the 100 bus route alone – and a station lift please too!
In addition to keeping the 100 bus route TfL should also be required to put in a proper lift at Wapping Overground station.
The 100 bus route is essential for a huge number of people, and we can only hope that TfL have listened to residents and not just paid lip service to the idea of ‘consultation’.
The consultation only ran between 30th Sep and 13th Nov 2016 but who cares about TfL’s chosen dates? Still time to get angry, kick up a fuss and make your views known.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know your views or get in touch with either Julia Dockerill or Denise Jones, our councillors.