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Mum is a week too early for new bus up to the City

PUBLISHED: 15:53 19 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 05 October 2010

New 135 route (top), but Annette and baby Ludwig must wait a week

New 135 route (top), but Annette and baby Ludwig must wait a week

YOUNG mum Annette Beresford was determined to be first on the new 135 bus. She got on the double-decker waiting outside the supermarket with her 15-month old toddler minutes before a party of Town Hall and City Hall dignitaries arrived for the official launch on Friday. But she would have more than week to wait at the bus stop. The 135 from the Isle of Dogs to the City doesn’t start till this Saturday

By Mike Brooke

YOUNG mum Annette Beresford was determined to be the first on the new 135 bus.

She got on the double-decker waiting outside the supermarket with her 15-month old toddler Ludwig minutes before a party of Town Hall and City Hall dignitaries arrived for the official launch on Friday.

But she would have more than week to wait at the bus stop. Driver Stephen O'Connor wasn't ready to pull out just yet.

The 135 from the Isle of Dogs to the City doesn't start till this Saturday.

Transport bosses at City Hall promise a bus every eight minutes from Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs to Liverpool Street and Shoreditch, Monday to Saturday daytimes, and about every 15 to 20 minutes early mornings, evenings and on Sundays.

It has been introduced by Transport for London after pressure from Canary Wharf businesses calling for a direct bus link to Liverpool Street, the first between Canary Wharf and the City.

But there was also pressure from Tower Hamlets council for improvements to transport links around the Isle of Dogs.

So the 135 is to start instead at Crossharbour, opposite the Asda supermarket in East Ferry Road, and go on a semi-circular route south to Island Gardens before swinging back north through Millwall along West Ferry Road to Canary Wharf itself.

That suits Annette Beresford and her family from Crossharbour just fine, even if they've got another three days wait at the bus-stop.

The route then continues to Limehouse, along the Commercial Road to the Whitechapel-Aldgate one-way system, through Houndsditch and Bishopsgate to Liverpool Street station, then to Shoreditch High Street and left into Great Eastern Street to the Old Street roundabout and terminating at Moorfields Eye Hospital in City Road.


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