CHINGFORD: Campaigners celebrate victory after bus lane plans are scrapped (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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CHINGFORD: Campaigners celebrate victory after bus lane plans are scrapped
TRADERS campaigning against plans to install a bus lane outside their shops are celebrating after the proposal was scrapped.
Business owners in Chingford Mount Road were concerned the bus lane, proposed by Transport for London, would affect trade and worsen congestion problems.
The plan was to install a 50m bus lane between between Albert Avenue and Hall Lane, which traders said would increase congestion and reduce the amount of passing trade.
Campaigners have now been told the planning application for the scheme has been withdrawn.
Cemal Arkut, owner of Suitability Dry Cleaners, who organised a 150-signature petition against the bus lane, said traders were delighted at the news.
"It is really good news for us," he said. "The bus lane would have caused congestion and made people take a different route, which would have affected our passing trade.
"I'm glad that common sense has prevailed and the council has listened to us."
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