‘Baroness of the W7 bus stop’

IT’S been a while since we checked in on Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone out east… but, uh oh, from this email exchange published online it seems she’s got a bit more convincing to do in order to persuade residents this coalition business was all a good idea. In Haringey, they are dubbing her Lynne Featherstone, Baroness of the W7 bus stop.

She’s right about that w7 bus stop up at Muswell Hill, though. The steep gradients were fine for us Fortismere kiddios back in the day, running down for the bus with our 7Eleven slurpees. But bad news for anybody with a zimmer or elderly ankles. They have to watch the bus to Finsbury Park slide off into the distance as they tackle the descent.

Still, read on.

On 10/03/2011 13:05, Lynne Featherstone – Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey & Wood Green wrote:

Dear Mr Beste

I just wanted to drop you a line to give you some great news!

I have written before about the inaccessible W7 bus stop on Muswell Hill for the only bus that goes directly to Hornsey Central Health Centre.

Together with your local councillors I have been fighting for about three years now for the bus stop to be moved from down the steep hill to somewhere that is accessible for less mobile residents.

The Council and TfL have now finally seen sense! They will soon carry out a safety assessment and then move the bus stop to outside Boots on the Broadway, as we suggested. The move will be on a trial basis, but if it works, fingers crossed it will be permanent.

You can read a bit more about what¹s going to happen here: http://bit.ly/gAsTwd

Thanks to everyone who has helped with the campaign. We are almost there, but I¹ll keep an eye on this one till the move is permanent.

As usual, let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

Kind regards,


MP for Hornsey&  Wood Green (Lib Dem)

and the response….

Dear Lynne Featherstone,

Many thanks for sending me news of your success in getting the W7 bus stop on Muswell Hill moved to a more accessible location.

Congratulations. This will be welcome compensation indeed for the thousands of your constituents who will be losing their housing benefit, or having their disability allowance cut, or who are deterred from going to college because of the £9000 a year fees, or whose pensions are under attack by the government, or who find it increasingly difficult to make ends meet because of the hike in VAT, or who fear the consequences of the privatisation of the national health service, or who will see their provision for special needs decimated.

At least you will be able to say in your manifesto for the next election, that you kept your promise to get a W7 bus stop moved. Unlike all the other promises that got you and your fellow Liberal MPs elected under false pretences in 2010.

It won’t unfortunately prevent you being unceremoniously thrown out of office. But you can live in hope that some preferment will be granted to you for your contribution as a government minister to the destruction of our public services — such as a seat in the House of Lords. The title Baroness Featherstone of the W7 Bus Stop would be richly deserved.

Yours sincerely,

Robin Beste

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