‘Confusing’ signage at Barking bus stops changed

“Confusing” signage at a bus stop near the newly opened Barking Hospital has been changed thanks to a resident and Barking MP Margaret Hodge.

Mrs Hodge was contacted by Anne Wear, who was concerned that a sign for Barking Hospital had been placed on a bus stop by the junction of Sandringham Road and Upney Lane - some 200 yards away from the site’s main entrance.

The previous stop on the number 62 route, which serves Upney Tube station and is also located directly outside the entrance to the hospital was called Upney Station.

Ms Wear, from Barking, said: “It didn’t make sense that patients were being dropped off 200 yards away from the hospital, when they could be getting off the bus right outside the entrance.”

“I was worried that people would get confused, especially if they don’t know the local area.”

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Mrs Hodge got in touch with Transport for London, who agreed to change the Upney station stop to ‘Upney Station/Barking Hospital’. The old drop off point has been re-named ‘Sandringham Road’.

The signs on the front of the buses and automated voice announcements were also amended.

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