Ghost' bus-stop spirited away—leaving passengers to hoof' it
PUBLISHED: 12:10 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010
PASSENGERS have been using a phantom' bus stop in East London to get to work. Someone stuck a London Buses' logo on a lamp-post and fooled everyone. Even bus drivers themselves were duped into thinking it was real and stopped to pick up passengers. But now the ghost' bus-stop has been spirited away from Cathall Road in Leytonstone
PASSENGERS have been using a phantom’ bus stop in East London to get to work.
Someone stuck a London Buses’ logo on a lamp-post and fooled everyone.
Even bus drivers themselves were duped into thinking it was real and stopped to pick up passengers.
But now transport bosses at City Hall have cottoned on and the ghost’ bus-stop has been spirited away from Cathall Road in Leytonstone.
That’s left the passengers with a long walk to the next real’ bus stop.
The London Assembly’s Lib Dem transport spokesman Caroline Pidgeon contacted Transport for London after the phantom’ bus-stop vanished.
“I was contacted by someone in Leytonstone about the bus-stop which had mysteriously disappeared,” she said.
“TfL after some investigating discovered the bus-stop was never meant to be there in the first place!
“It seems the sign had just been stuck on a lamp-post and bus drivers had been mistaking it for the real thing.”
A letter received by Caroline from transport chiefs confirms, “Someone had stuck the round London Buses’ sign on a lamp column so it resembled a bus stop.
“We don’t know who did this—but it wasn’t with the permission of London Buses.”
The bus stop was at the brow of a bridge, so TfL decided it was a dangerous place for buses to stop and removed it.
“I’m pleased we’ve got to the bottom of this mystery,” Caroline added.
“But it now leaves people who’d been used to using that stop with a long walk to the next nearest stop.”
Transport chiefs have promised they will try to find a solution—but campaigners who want a permanent bus-stop in Cathall Road fear they don’t have a ghost of a chance of getting one.