Guide Dogs London – Protest launches legal challenge against ‘dangerous’ hospital bus stop

June 30th, 2016 | Posted by Robert Harris in London | Older People | Transport

A protest was held at 10.30am on Tuesday 28 June to mark the launch of legal action against Transport for London (TfL) proposals for a ‘floating’ bus stop outside St Thomas’ Hospital.

A petition calling for TfL to rethink its proposals has been signed by more than 1,000 people. Patients, visitors and staff getting off buses would have to cross a busy cycle lane to reach the hospital if the plans go ahead.

St Thomas’ has a highly regarded eye clinic and therefore a significant footfall of people who are blind or partially sighted. We do not believe this is the place to install what is currently an unsafe design of a bus stop bypass.

We are part of a TfL working group looking at the redesign and monitoring of bus stop bypasses with organisations representing other vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists. We are calling for a halt to the installation of bus stop bypasses until the monitoring trial is complete and a summary of findings analysed.

There is still time to sign the petition via Guy’s and St Thomas’ website www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk before it closes on Monday 4 July.

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