Scaffolding collapses on double decker bus forcing road closure and travel chaos

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Scaffolding collapsed against a bus on Willesden High Road (Image: @ndyGerlis)
Scaffolding collapsed against a bus on Willesden High Road (Image: @ndyGerlis)

Scaffolding has been filmed collapsed onto a London bus forcing a busy road to be closed and causing traffic chaos on Wednesday.

People can be seen looking on in surprise with Willesden High Road, in Willesden, taped off while a double decker bus is unable to move at a stop with the scaffolding resting against it.

Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly before 6pm on Wednesday evening with the bus at the Dudden Hill Lane and Hawthrown Road stop.

A police car and a fire engine were blocking off the road while the scaffolding was removed and the site was made safe.

Fortunately there were no injuries caused by the building work falling down.

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Scaffolding collapses on double decker bus forcing road closure and travel chaosPolice were forced to close the road over the incident (@ndyGerlis)

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “Police were called at 5.56pm on January 4 after scaffolding struck a bus in High Road, junction with Strode Road NW10. No reported injuries. Roads later re-opened."

Many people commented on social media how it was lucky that there were no injuries and that the scaffolding fell against the bus as there would be normally many people walking along the pavement.

"To be fair that’s the safest way it could have gone," said one person, while another stated: "Probably saved lives by coming to rest on the bus."

It came on another day of strike action up and down the country with more people on the roads due to fewer train services.

The RMT is taking strike action on January 3, 4, 6 and 7 at Network Rail and 14 other rail operators - with passengers told to expect major disruption.

There has also been an overtime ban across the railways from December 18 until January 2.

Train drivers from the Aslef union will also walk out on January 5 at 15 rail companies.

Rail unions are asking for pay rises reflecting the soaring cost of living and a commitment there won't be job losses and the standoff continues against employers.

Tim Hanlon

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