Bus chiefs reject Beckton route extension again

Bus chiefs have rejected calls to extend the 101 service from North Woolwich to Gallions Reach retail park for a second time.

Proposers London Travel Watch and East London AM John Biggs have been told passenger demand is not high enough to justify the likely extension cost of over �500,000.

But Transport for London pledge the decision will be re-considered when further neighbourhood housing developments emerge.

Reviews of Route 104 (Stratford – Manor Park); Route 238 (Stratford – Barking Station) will not lead to any increase than previously implemented six months ago.

Possible changes to Route 309 (Canning Town – Bethnal Green) is put on hold until more details are known about the redevelopment of the Ocean Estate.

Mr Biggs said he would keep up pressure for a bus link to Gallions Reach.

“It is still disappointing that TfL do not see the need for a single bus between North Woolwich and Gallions Reach. We will keep pressing TfL on this matter in the hope that they will change their mind. As the area changes, the need will continue to increase”