Double decker bus drama for Rainham.


Residents of Berwick Road Rainham, are campaigning to persuade Transport for London to stop double decker buses on this part of the route due to causing cracks in their homes.

Dennis Clark and other nearby neighbours have raised complaints with TfL and Stagecoach, the bus operator, concerning the 287 and 165 buses that terminate in Abbey Wood Lane at the junction with Berwick Road. Dennis told the Havering Daily: “Eight buses every hour until 1 am pass through Berwick Road. The single deck 165 buses are fine but the double deckers are so heavy they cause vibration to my house and cracks have now started to appear. This isn’t just affecting me, it’s damaging the homes of other residents of this road.”

Residents have pressed TfL and Stagecoach to act and take the double decker buses off the 287 route through Upminster Road North to the terminus at Abbey Wood Lane, but have been met with complete refusals.

As part of their campaign residents have enlisted the support of Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham. Jon met with officials from TfL on 17 August to voice the concerns. However, since the meeting TfL have not changed their plans.

Jon told the Havering Daily “I have been asking TfL to properly address this problem for residents. They should carry out an assessment of damage caused by such heavy vehicles in residential roads. I have also put to TfL that there is a solution that will save money for TfL’s budget that is under great stress, cut emissions and help improve air quality and would maintain a bus service for the whole area with a frequency of a single deck bus every 12 minutes. That service would be more than adequate in relation to the low passenger numbers that travel at this end of the route.

“I am asking that senior officials at TfL come down to the area, meet with residents and get a real understanding of the situation. Failing that I will be taking the issue up with the GLA’s Deputy Mayor for Transport.”

3 thoughts on “Double decker bus drama for Rainham.

  • 27th August 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Not all residents of Berwick Road want this. We are happy with double deckers running down the road as they have done for over 50 years now.

  • 28th August 2021 at 12:50 am

    This guy would have school children walking miles to school (not all attend Parsonage Farm/Chaffords!) which in turn could discourage their attendance, fill our roads full of honking cars nobody can move around because everyone has switched to them instead of the buses (we would need a space the size of Tesco car park and some if everyone switched to cars, there are already enough inconsiderate car parkers in the area already!) belching pollution into our lungs – all because a bus driver honked him for parking in the middle of the road inconsiderately blocking other traffic!

    He lives in a house which is at least 60 years old and probably due modern maintenance, he’s probably hoping he has a case for someone else to pay for it. There are much older buildings in the village where 4 bus routes’ worth of buses pass and they’re still standing with no complaints.

    The council have already rejected Berwick Road Action’s proposal and instead of accepting the fact that it will never be close to suitable for everyone, this guy encouraged other people into being the selfish people they are that don’t realise not everyone can or should have a car, they made themselves a nuisance blocking the road.

    He shouldn’t have moved to an address which is served by buses if he doesn’t like them, they’ve been serving this area since 1969 – long before he moved here.

    Those buses stop our roads from being more congested (which can take 30 mins to traverse by public transport already because of traffic) and help lower pollution.

    This guy argues that the buses are empty (it’s clear he’s never used them) but at peak hours during school times and before the pandemic the single deckers can be full before they hit the A13 traffic lights, serving school children who are unable to drive as they are under the legal limit, commuters who would not be able to park their cars where they work, and later in the day elderly people in need of groceries and medical attention as many have been diverted as far as Elm Park since the closure of Spring Farm Surgery as the other surgeries cannot cope.

    Accept your loss gracefully, not everyone in Berwick Road supports you – please stop being so selfish!

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