Following safety concerns raised about the carriageway and general areas of Hainault Street Bus Stand by the Bus Operators, TFL Projects team are planning the carry out repairs to the bus deck in Hainault Street. The scope of the works will be:
- Lifting of carriageway blocks
- Repair, replace and unblock gullies and drainage
- Repair subbase of the carriageway
- Replaying of the carriageway blockwork
- Repair / replace of damaged Armco barriers
- Relining of bus bays in stand area(to include Driver safe walking areas)
- Relining of Entry and Exit points to stand area
The works are scoped out to take 7-10 days to complete and at present has a start date of Monday 30 October 2023 from 08:00am
For the works to be completed the Hainault Street Stand will have to close fully and buses displaced to other areas. I have looked back as far as 2011 and also spoken to previous Managers and we are not aware of the last time the stand was fully closed.
I have sat down with the Bus operators and have come up with a plan which will hopefully keep the service disruption to a minimum and service to and from Ilford.
I have tried to utilise the other stand areas buses have in an around Ilford but have come up short.
Therefore, the plan for the buses during the works will be as follows:
Route 25 & 147 - Buses will terminate at stop S on the High Road / Hainault Street as normal , will then use Griggs Approach to turn around and stand at stop Q outside the Cinema / Library on Clements Road (Stop Q will be closed and passengers directed to Previous and next stops on the High Road.
Route 123 - Route 123 will terminate at Gants Hill and will stand on the stands in Perth Road. Passengers requiring the 123 to Wood Green will be directed to take the 179 or 462 to Woodford Avenue where they can change to the 123 (this will come under the hoppa fare)
Routes 179 & 364 will terminate and stand on stop R on Clements Road. Stop R will be closed and a temporary stop will be sited by the Kenneth Moore Theatre for the through routes.
Route 425 will terminate and start from Ilford Roden Street Stand. (Passengers requiring the 425 will be able to use the 25, 86, 147 or W19’s to Romford Road and change over there.
Roue 462 will continue to stand on the single stand outside Hainaut Street Bus Stand
Route 167 will stand in the carriageway between Griggs Approach and Hainault Street (currently used by buses when the stand is full)
Route W19 will terminate at stops S then out of service will run and stand at stop Z on Winston Way until its departure time and will the come back into Ilford (Stop Z is big enough to remain open for the through routes to continue to use)
Also consideration has been taken with regards the through Routes, if due to delays or driving hours the routes need to be terminated short. If this becomes the case then the routes will use the single stand area in Connaught Road Ilford as a turning point
The plan for informing passengers will be publicity in stops and I will also make enquires with TFL if a message can be sent out via emails to the Oyster card holders.