Broadwater farm celebrates return of w4 bus service

Friday 3 March 2006

Broadwater farm residents are celebrating the return of the W4 bus running through the estate after a 14 year absence.

Council officers and residents had been seeking its return for several years after it was taken out of service.   Following consultation with TfL, Arriva and the Council’s Transportation Team, the bus was returned last month.

The new route goes from Oakthorpe Park to the Ferry Lane estate, taking in Wood Green, Turnpike Lane, Tottenham, Tottenham High Road and Tottenham Hale.

The single deck – easy access buses arrive frequently – every 11mins during the day and 15 during the evenings.  A new bus stop has also been installed outside the Broadwater Farm Health Centre.

“Its fantastic, the buses are frequent and loop right through the estate”, said Bishop Frimpong-Manson, Chair of the Broadwater Farm Residents Association. “We are so pleased, it means visitors and residents can get picked up and dropped off right on the estate and witness the beauty of the farm. It was a real blow when we lost it before but now the bus is back and the community feels blessed.”

Cllr Isidoros Diakides, executive member for Housing, added:

“The council does listen and respond to residents demands.  The route has always been extremely popular, gives non residents the opportunity to take in the scenic view of the estate which has undergone a massive regeneration programme and makes a contribution to community safety.   I am pleased that we have managed to achieve what the residents wanted.”

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