Wednesday, 30 November 2011

TfL Consults - Routes 66, 145, 366 and N8

Bus service proposal: routes 66, 145, 366 and N8


The London bus network is kept under regular review. As part of this, we develop proposals for changes to services.

Why we are consulting
Eastbound buses on routes 66, 145, 366 and N8 currently run in a loop via Redbridge station forecourt to stop outside the station entrance. This gives convenient access to and from the station but the loop can take several minutes depending on the traffic situation.

We are proposing to divert eastbound buses on routes 66, 145, 366 and N8 so that they run directly from Redbridge roundabout to Eastern Avenue without the double run via the forecourt. Route 366 towards Falmouth Gardens would continue to serve the station.

This stopping arrangement was temporarily in place during the construction works at Redbridge roundabout in June. Around 1,200 passengers per day board or alight in the forecourt, of these around 400 interchange from or to the Underground. These passengers would be required to walk a further 150m to or from the station. However some passengers do already continue to walk to this stop when they do not see a bus at the station.

The existing eastbound bus stop "Evanston Gardens (RH)" on Eastern Avenue would be relocated west to be in the lay-by near the station. It will be compliant with accessibility guidelines.

The lay-by already has double red lines as parking restrictions. The new stop will also include a bus shelter adjacent to the fence of the London Underground car park.

We are also proposing to widen the footway outside the shopping parade to 3 metres to improve the area for pedestrians and cyclists.

The final arrangement will see the parking bays slightly relocated and the space for loading extended.

Please see map below which shows a plan of the proposed bus stop and amendments to the footway and the loading and disabled bays on the A12 Eastern Avenue.

The changes to the bus services would be introduced in 2012 subject to comments received and completion of the necessary traffic management works.

Give Us Your Views

Online consultation

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Be a Witness


Over the past couple of weeks we have seen an increase in burglaries and motor vehicle crimes across the borough, so please be vigilant especially when leaving for work or taking your children to school.

Neighbourhood Watch covers a large amount of the population of Redbridge giving us more eyes and ears to see what is happening but your assistance at this time would be most helpful.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Wiil the real Morris Hickey please stand up?

It has been stated elsewhere on this blog that Morris's e-mail account has clearly been hacked.

However, I don't think that is really the case. There is no doubt that his Contacts file has come into the hands of miscreants but that is not the same thing.

The important thing here is that the e-mail referred to did NOT come from Morris Hickey's e-mail account! It came from an entirely different account which had been deliberately set-up with Morris's name and e-mail address as the sender.

If you still have both the spam mail and a real 'MorrisMail™', you can check this for yourself.

Looking at the spam first, select 'View Source' or 'View Headers' (it will vary depending on which mail client you use on your PC). In the page that follows you will see a lot of information, including several lines which start 'Received: ' - the important one is the very last 'received' entry, which is just above the normal Date/From/Subject/To entries that you normally see, like this:

Received: from [] by via HTTP; Fri, 18 Nov 2011 11:58:59 GMT
X-Mailer: YahooMailWebService/
Message-ID: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 11:58:59 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Emergency
To: undisclosed recipients: ;

It is the IP address in this line - - that identifies the source of the e-mail. If you do the same thing with a real 'MorrisMail™', you will come up with or similar.

Using a Whois? web look-up service to identify these addresses gives BT Internet for the 'MorrisMail™' but the spam comes from here:

Areti Internet Ltd.
Seymour House
South Street
United Kingdom
phone: +44 870 950 5950

Not BT, is it? In fact, Areti now trade as Alentus UK and the IP Address record uses a mixture of both names, including both and for complaints!

As for complaints, I used the excellent service to report the spam when I first saw it.

The email address on a mail you receive does not have to agree with the service used to send it - in fact, I have several e-mail accounts set up on my PC (using Thunderbird) which uses one server as the default, irrespective of which account I select for identification/return mail.

Anybody who has mail from me sent using a address can easily check this out as above!

I have to be careful if sending mail to large organisations such as Redbridge Council, for example, which bounces my mails because the mail server used does not agree with the return address! Unfortunately, I don't know of anything that can perform similar checks on a home PC.

Morris changed his mail password as soon as he found out about the spam but, as his account wasn't used for the spam attack, that will achieve nothing!

Morris is using a brand new computer, I believe, which begs the question of what happened to the old one? If he no longer has it, or it has recently passed through the hands of a third party, the source of the spam is clear: some lower life form simply copied his Contacts folder from the hard drive!

Hopefully, this attack was a one-off - I certainly haven't seen any more spam in the past week - but the concern now must be that the culprits will sell the address list on. In that case, a lot of us can expect to see masses of spam in the future - from a variety of senders ...

And from servers much further away than Bromley ...!

Monday, 14 November 2011


Our wonderful award-winning forum is removing posts by regular contributors that are critical of a particular councillor - Councillor Keith Prince.

In January [2011] some comments were submitted to, and questions asked of, Councillor Prince on behalf of the Redbridge Mayors' Association about proposals contained in the draft budget affecting parking and other highways matters. Councillor Prince has consistently failed to respond to those questions.


Thursday, 10 November 2011