This underpass has a history of anti-social behaviour and attacks [I do not have any information to indicate they were racist]. For the last few weeks there have been road works going on here and the bus stop has been out of action, picture below.
Now we can see what is happening, picture below. An overground crossing is being constructed. I don’t know yet but I expect it to have traffic lights and buttons for pedestrians to operate. The bus stop will presumably be moved further along the road or abandoned.
Over the last few years quite a few surface level Traffic Lighted pedestrian crossings have appeared on TfL controlled roads in Redbridge. In Woodford Avenue - at Lechmere Avenue [Tescos], at the junction with the Beehive roundabout and at Gants Hill Crescent. In addition there are a couple more either side of Gants Hill in Eastern Avenue, BUT none of these replaced an underpass.