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Alternative suggestions to bus station closure
11:03am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Postbag
FOLLOWING the decision to close the bus station in Endless Street, I have been amazed at the number of letters objecting to the plan, but none suggesting a solution to the problem of extra bus stops and hold over bays.
I appreciate that the thought of more buses clogging up the roads in Salisbury is not a prospect to look forward to.
The bus company indicates that most other towns and cities no longer have a bus station, but what they fail to tell us is that some roads are now impassable by other road users due to too many buses being parked on both sides of the road, which is also a safety concern for pedestrians trying to cross roads between parked and moving buses.
Anyone who has been to Bournemouth recently will know of the problems in Gervis Place where all the buses park.
So here is a suggestion that will allow the closure of Salisbury Bus Station and not add any more stops to the roads in the city - use the coach station in Millstream Approach.
There is enough room there for the holding bays, and some of the rural services that currently run from the bus station could easily be moved to the coach station, an underused resource for most of the year, and a little rearrangement will be a better option than clogging up the roads in the city.
CRAIG FORD, Wilton
AS the local county councillor for the roads and pavements threatened with extra bus stops and bus layovers, I believe the administration at Wiltshire Council may be about to listen to the many objections raised by Journal readers, local residents, businesses and local councillors, and reject the flawed plans for our city centre.
Throwing out the options that would have dangerously jammed both roads and pavements is not only a win for democracy but an opportunity for Salisbury to achieve a long desired new and better transport hub, close to Shopmobility and much closer to the railway station, which must be built into the developer’s plans for the Maltings.
Cllr HELENA MCKEOWN, Wiltshire councillor, St Edmund and Milford division
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