Search

Muswell Hill pensioner ‘left trapped’ by ‘fail and no ride’ bus service

16:25 22 August 2012

Patricia Okwara and Cllr Martin Newton on Coppetts Road.

Patricia Okwara and Cllr Martin Newton on Coppetts Road.

Archant

A Muswell Hill pensioner says she has been left trapped in her home because her local ‘hail and ride’ bus service will not stop near her home anymore.

Patricia Okwara, who struggles to walk after a broken ankle left her with metal pins in her leg, “burst out crying” after she was informed that the 234’s ‘hail and ride’ section would no longer be stopping to pick her up from the part of Coppetts Road closest to her home.

The 76-year-old, along with other pensioners and disabled people living in the area, is now forced to struggle further down Coppetts Road or to Trott Road before bus drivers will pick them up.

Ms Okwara now hopes Haringey Council will move her to a new home where she will be able to access public transport more easily.

She said: “I cannot walk this distance. There is no bus stop for us. It is very important to me.”

Fortis Green councillor Martin Newton, who has taken up the case of Gilson Place and Coppetts Road residents, added: “It is not acceptable for older residents like Patricia to have to struggle to get to a place where the bus likes to stop. There is no reason why they should not stop or drop off where residents ask.

“This is meant to be ‘hail and ride’, yet residents are getting a service that is ‘fail and no ride’.

“The lack of accessibility for older and mobility-impaired residents means that Transport for London (TfL) is failing residents with this inconsiderate service.

“The council has identified places where the 234 bus can stop, yet TfL have not responded on when they will take action.”

Len Ray, London Buses area manager for Enfield and Haringey, said he was aware of the problems and the company was in discussions to install fixed bus stops along the route to alleviate the issue.

He added: “While we appreciate this may be frustrating for local residents, our bus drivers must only set down and pick up passengers where it is safe to do so.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:46
Hashen Ramanyake scored 96 and took four wickets for Highgate in their win over Kenton. Pic: Max Flego

Hashen Ramanayake and Ed Foster bowled Highgate to victory as the Division Three table-toppers stretched their lead to a commanding 22 points in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Yesterday, 15:11
Karol Paluch was bitten by a dog.

The owner of a dog which savaged a nine-year-old boy in a Muswell Hill park has been fined.

Yesterday, 05:45
Jack Wilshere of Arsenal during the 1st team photocall at Emirates Stadium on July 28. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Jack Wilshere will be missing for ‘a matter of days’ and could face West Ham on Sunday after suffering an ankle injury in training.

Most read news

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Broadway Ham&High e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder