Brentwood residents get behind hospital bus campaign

massive support has been shown for a campaign to extend a Brentwood bus route to Queen’s Hospital in Romford.

A petition, organised by the Brentwood Bus and Rail Users’ Assosciation, to extend the 498 route by one more stop to the hospital in Rom Valley Way now has more than 1,300 signatures.

The group says that the current bus route leaves some Brentwood folk having to catch three buses for a hospital appointment, which causes anxiety and stress.

David Kendall, the group’s secretary, said: “The level of support has been tremendous and should leave Transport for London [TfL] in no doubt that there definitely is a demand for a direct 498 service into the grounds of Queen’s Hospital.

“We believe the needs of Brentwood’s bus users have been ignored for too long and we will now be calling on TfL to make this much-needed change as soon as possible.”

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A spokesman for TfL said that its position – extending the route was not justified by demand – had not changed, though it was too early to respond to the petition.

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