Bus Bottleneck Banished?

Plans to eliminate peak-time problems on roads outside a Ruddington school have been revealed by highway planners.

Nottinghamshire County Council is proposing to put new double yellow lines at the junction of Ashworth Avenue and Packman Drive and to introduce “bus stop clearways” at the adjacent stops. It’s to prevent drivers parking, waiting or picking up and dropping off passengers there, and follows complaints from Nottingham City Transport, which runs its Green 10 service through the estate. The operator says inconsiderate parking during the St Peter’s school run frequently causes disruption and delays.

A statement from Via East Midlands – which delivers highway services for the council – says the main benefits of bus stop clearways are:-

  • To help the bus align with the kerb to enable better access for disabled passengers and pushchair users
  • Ease congestion as a correctly aligned bus will not block the road for other road users
  • Ensure that bus drivers discharge their duty to drop passengers off on the kerb and not on the road
  • Ensure that bus services operate on time and are not unnecessarily delayed.

Nottingham City Transport’s Marketing Manager, Anthony Carver-Smith, told us: “NCT is supporting the introduction of double yellow lines at the Ashworth Avenue and Packman Drive junction to ensure we can serve the residents of Ruddington with our super-environmentally friendly Bio-Gas buses. On many occasions, we have had to divert our Green 10 and miss out several stops because of parked vehicles preventing buses travelling through this junction, which causes significant inconvenience to customers”.

The proposals are shown on the map below and observations from the public are now being invited.

Other relevant documents can be viewed >>HERE<< and at Ruddington Library.

Written objections (stating grounds and quoting ref. 8270) must be received by 2nd August 2018 by e-mail to tmconsultation@viaem.co.uk or by post to:-
(Mrs) Steph Walford,
Senior Improvements Manager,
Via East Midlands,
Major Projects and Improvements,
County Hall,
West Bridgford,
Nottingham NG2 7QP

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