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Furious families see red in 'bus turn' row

PUBLISHED: 20:22 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:10 05 October 2010

Biggs (left) with MP Fitzpatrick... perhaps Jim'll fix it

Biggs (left) with MP Fitzpatrick... perhaps Jim'll fix it

FAMILIES fed up with buses trundling past their doorsteps have shown 'the red card' to transport bosses. Big red double-deckers have been spoiling their weekend peace and quiet replacing rail services while work is carried out on the DLR

By Alistair Kleebauer

FAMILIES fed up with buses trundling past their doorsteps have shown 'the red card' to transport bosses.

Big red double-deckers have been spoiling their weekend peace and quiet replacing rail services while work is carried out on the DLR to lengthen platforms.

So they complained to London Assembly member John Biggs who came down to the Isle of Dogs to see the situation for himself.

He found the normally tranquil Saunders Ness Road on the waterfront by Island Gardens becoming a 'rat run' for buses turning round on their replacement service along the main Manchester-road.

Biggs persuaded Transport for London to put on a 'test' run last Saturday (March 29) to see if they could find an alternative, and found one.

"Some challenges might have to be made such as removing one or two parking spaces," he said.

"But rerouting the replacement service is definitely possible."

He went on the test run with Poplar's MP Jim Fitzpatrick (pictured with him on the bus) along the alternative.

It turned into Seyssel-street from Manchester-road, then right into the other end of Saunders Ness-road, into Glenworth-avenue and back along Manchester-road.

This means the buses wouldn't use the whole length of Saunders Ness-road, if the idea was accepted.

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