AN ISOLATED working men's club campaigning for the provision of a bus route has drawn up a petition in a renewed bid to solve the travelling woes of its elderly members.
The Hayes Working Men's Club has been running for almost a century and boasts some 2,000 loyal members, many of whom are retired and struggle to get to and from its Pump Lane premises.
The road is home to many businesses and the nearest bus routes run along Coldharbour Lane. The nearest stops are more than 500 metres away from one end of Pump Lane.
The last unsuccessful attempt to force the issue was in October 2008, when Transport for London ruled that the buses serving Coldharbour Lane were sufficient.
For the latest attempt, club secretary Bob Daybell has been busy getting nearby businesses' backing. He said: "We have been trying to get this off the ground for 30 years, but so far we have made no progress.
"We are a very popular club, and over 25 per cent of our members are retired. In particular they find the long walk down the length of Pump Lane difficult, and a lot of them just can't face it and stay away. At night time, it is a no-go area.
"We have to try to do something for our older members. They don't have easy access and the only answer would be a bus route.
"With the Southall Gasworks development - which will go through in my view - they will undoubtedly create routes for this road and we just want it to happen sooner rather than later."
The U5, 350 and E6 buses have been identified as ones that could possibly be extended or altered without too much disruption, and the club now eagerly awaits the mayor's initial response, which is due within the next two weeks.
A 654-signature petition was presented to Richard Barnes, the London Assembly member for Ealing and Hillingdon and deputy mayor of London, by Mr Daybell, Hillingdon Council member Lynne Allen (Labour, Townfield) and Hayes Town Partnership chairman David Brough. It will now be put before the London Assembly for consideration.
Mr Barnes backs their cause and said: "A bus route on Pump Lane, as well as serving the members of this club, would be of great benefit to everyone who works on this road.
"The area has changed dramatically in the last few years and will continue to do so with all the planned developments, so it is important that we have the right infrastructure in place." * Would a bus stop on Pump Lane benefit you? Email jackgriffith @trinitysouth.co.uk.