Dalston bus diversions leave passengers frustrated

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Bus users in Dalston were left confused and frustrated this weekend after routes were diverted to make way for major road works.

Commuters are complaining they had no warning of the scheduled engineering, which began on Saturday and is threatening to cause gridlock in the area.

Dalston Lane will be closed to westbound traffic for the next two months to allow the construction of the East London line extension to Highbury & Islington.

Transport For London says it warned passengers to allow more time for their journeys and, on Saturday, staff were seen handing out flyers in the affected areas, but it was too late for some shoppers who had already had their journeys disrupted and delayed.

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One disgruntled traveller, Elvina Nedd, 42 of Queensbridge, described how her journey had involved a long walk, which was difficult to manage with her two young children. She said she had three other children at home and was concerned about making the journey over the next two months.

“It’s not local anymore”, she explained. “I had to walk a long way round and when you’ve got children it’s very hard. It’s very inconvenient. I’ve seen a lot of people struggling and it’s only the first day.”

Others such as 69-year-old Josephine Seisun, had come out shopping unaware their route home would be affected.

Ms Seisun said: “I didn’t hear anything about it until now. I’m very annoyed as I’ll have to go much further.”

Chanel Davis, 19 from South Islington was just on her way to a bus stop on Kingsland Road when the Hackney Post told her about the diversions. She said: “I would have just gone to the stop been waiting for hours. I don’t know where to get my bus from now. It’s the only bus home.”

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Additional reporting: Etan Smallman

Video editing: Alison Battisby