The Corporation of London, which runs the 200-acre cemetery and crematorium, is considering to ban private cars, apart from those with disabled badges, at weekends and on bank holidays following a survey that highlighted several safety concerns. The Corporation’s spokesperson is quoted to have said the move was in response to safety concerns and added that a bus service will be provided for visitors when the ban came into force next March.
He also admitted that the move might not be popular with some but insisted public safety at the cemetery in Aldersbrook Road, Wanstead, was paramount: “It is only a matter of time before someone gets killed. It is that bad. We have to consider public safety over public convenience.”
Funerals and entourage will be allowed with cars during Saturday and Sunday mornings as will blue disabled badge holders.
But in the afternoon the cemetery will be completely car free, with two buses providing transport. Wheelchairs are available for visitors at the front gate, said Mr Hussein. From Monday until Friday cars will be admitted to the cemetery as normal.
Cars are already banned on Sunday afternoons, and the ban’s extension to the rest of the weekend will be enforced by the security officers already manning the entrance.
The ban is to be trialled for a year and can be extended into the week if successful.