Chaos fears at new bus stops in Hyndburn

Nigel Airey’s pictures of the Harwood Road bus stop

Nigel Airey’s pictures of the Harwood Road bus stop

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

FEARS new bus stops in Hyndburn could create traffic chaos have been voiced by concerned residents.

New bus stop zones have been painted on roads throughout the borough as part of the multi-million pound Pennine Reach Scheme, which aims to boost public transport links throughout East Lancashire.

But residents contacted the Lancashire Telegraph after spotting the new zones blocking entire junctions.

Nigel Airey, who lives in Stourton Street, Rishton, with his wife Val, took pictures of the new bus stops in Harwood Road, which show a painted bus stop snaking its way past an entire junction.

The 66-year-old said: “The bus stop at the top of Stourton Street now completely covers the junction.

“We only have one bus at a time at this stop, but now it could accommodate four. Why? Does anybody know the reason why our new bus stop markings are four times greater than the original?”

And Adrian Bell added: “The size of all the bus stops is being doubled even though the buses are the same size as always.

“This will mean buses can stop anywhere in the near area, completely blocking the road, causing traffic to stop and build up.”

Chris Anslow, public transport policy manager for Lancashire County Council, said: "Wherever possible we're bringing the bus stops for the Pennine Reach scheme up to the standard used across Lancashire.

"The 37m clearway allows room for the bus to pull in parallel to the kerb, and pull away easily.

"Manoeuvring close to the raised kerb allows passengers to take advantage of level access onto and off the bus, which makes it much easier for people with mobility difficulties, wheelchairs and pushchairs.

"Cars can enter the clearway and wait behind the bus, and manoeuvre into and out of the junction through the clearway, but should not park in it."

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7:04pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Copperhead says...

Why are the bus stops longer ?
As a bus driver, I will tell you.
All other road-users despise buses and would happily kill a bus driver if it shortened their journey by 30 seconds.
Currently, bus stops are not much longer than a bus and car-drivers park right up to the ends of the marked areas - therefore making it impossible to drive a bus into it's allocated area and right up to the kerb so passengers can board and alight without having to step into the road.
Buses are not as manoeuvrable as cars and need more space.
More times than I can remember, I have had to stop in the middle of the road so passengers can get on or off my bus. Old ladies, young mums with prams, school kids, disabled people - all are inconvenienced by me not being able to pull up to the kerb because of parked cars.
Now, I'm fully aware car drivers would love to see buses banned from the roads and all bus drivers shot at dawn, but that's not going to happen. As fuel prices increase and crude oil supplies diminish, more and more people will have to use public transport, especially in low-wage deprived places like the UK where running a car is becoming a luxury as it was 50 yrs ago.
And, of course, we have the problem of delivery drivers who view marked bus stops as reserved for them and their trucks. I have been sworn at, threatened with a " good tw*tting " and generally verbally abused by delivery drivers when I have asked them to move from a marked bus stop. The fact that I have had to let small children and old ladies get off my bus in the middle of the road concerns these cowboys not one iota.
So there you have it - the eternal battle between car and bus is responsible for longer bus stops.
Why are the bus stops longer ? As a bus driver, I will tell you. All other road-users despise buses and would happily kill a bus driver if it shortened their journey by 30 seconds. Currently, bus stops are not much longer than a bus and car-drivers park right up to the ends of the marked areas - therefore making it impossible to drive a bus into it's allocated area and right up to the kerb so passengers can board and alight without having to step into the road. Buses are not as manoeuvrable as cars and need more space. More times than I can remember, I have had to stop in the middle of the road so passengers can get on or off my bus. Old ladies, young mums with prams, school kids, disabled people - all are inconvenienced by me not being able to pull up to the kerb because of parked cars. Now, I'm fully aware car drivers would love to see buses banned from the roads and all bus drivers shot at dawn, but that's not going to happen. As fuel prices increase and crude oil supplies diminish, more and more people will have to use public transport, especially in low-wage deprived places like the UK where running a car is becoming a luxury as it was 50 yrs ago. And, of course, we have the problem of delivery drivers who view marked bus stops as reserved for them and their trucks. I have been sworn at, threatened with a " good tw*tting " and generally verbally abused by delivery drivers when I have asked them to move from a marked bus stop. The fact that I have had to let small children and old ladies get off my bus in the middle of the road concerns these cowboys not one iota. So there you have it - the eternal battle between car and bus is responsible for longer bus stops. Copperhead
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12:56am Thu 12 Jun 14

clickhere says...

Calm down, dear, if you take this attitude to work, no wonder you think everyone is agin you.

" I'm fully aware car drivers would love to see buses banned from the roads and all bus drivers shot at dawn, but that's not going to happen."

What makes you so sure it won't happen?

And back to the 37m landing zones - perhaps time to restart the Pennine Reach 'bendy-bus' rumour
Calm down, dear, if you take this attitude to work, no wonder you think everyone is agin you. " I'm fully aware car drivers would love to see buses banned from the roads and all bus drivers shot at dawn, but that's not going to happen." What makes you so sure it won't happen? And back to the 37m landing zones - perhaps time to restart the Pennine Reach 'bendy-bus' rumour clickhere
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