Pupils from Virginia Primary School
Access to Arnold Circus under threat
By Angela Saini, Newham and Tower Hamlets reporter
Schoolchildren are leading a protest against plans to re-route the 78 bus through historic Boundary Estate, which contains the park area of Arnold Circus
For more than a hundred years Arnold Circus has been the hub of the small community around Boundary Estate in Shoreditch.
However, some visitors to Arnold Circus are now outraged by plans from Transport for London to re-route the 78 bus past it at the end of this year. Currently a quarter of the circular road is a thoroughfare for vehicles, but by 2007 the entire road could be used, with a bus going past the circus every 12 minutes.
Friends of Arnold Circus, a local conservation and community group, has been collecting signatures against the proposal this week – totalling 200 so far.
“Our children have loved working on Arnold Circus and watching the seeds they planted grow,” says Clive Davies, Acting Head of Virginia Primary school.
A Transport for London spokesperson told BBC London: “Currently, there is a lengthy walk to the bus stop for many residents and the rerouted 78 will mean that hundreds of people, particularly elderly residents, will benefit from a bus which will run nearer to their homes.
Naseem Khan, Chair of Friends of Arnold Circus says: “We support the 78 bus, but these changes make it worse for users and far, far worse for people wanting to use the gardens of Arnold Circus. The new route turns a park into a roundabout.”
last updated: 04/06/2008 at 10:56