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Decision on Amesbury bus stops
A DECISION has been made about the location of new bus stops in Amesbury after the town’s bus station shuts later this year.
The northbound bus lay-by will be built on the A345 near to Fairways Court, despite objections from people living there.
Work on the less controversial southbound bus stop – on a grass verge near the town’s library – has already begun.
The decision by Wilts & Dorset to vacate the bus station left Wiltshire Council with the task of finding new sites for stops near the town centre.
Its proposal to locate a northbound stop on the A345 sparked concern among the residents of Fairways Court, who feared they would suffer from extra noise, pollution and antisocial behaviour.
They also raised concerns about a loss of privacy as people from the top deck of buses could see in to their gardens, and the impact on the value of homes.
Amesbury Town Council launched a four-week consultation to try to find an alternative site for the northbound bus stop and investigated the possibility of converting a lay-by in Salisbury Street.
However, the Salisbury Street location, which is currently used as a taxi rank and loading bay, sparked objections from town centre traders and the Chamber of Trade.
They were concerned that buses travelling along Salisbury Street could add to traffic congestion in the town centre, that the pavement - which is partly owned by neighbouring businesses – would be too narrow for bus shelters and that taxi, loading and disabled parking spaces should be retained.
Although a trial of driving buses through the town centre was successful, it was decided that the Salisbury Street option would be too unpopular.
Work is expected to get under way on converting the grass verge alongside the A345 into a new bus shelter in the coming weeks once the work on the southbound bus pull-in is completed.
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