Bus passengers' fears over safety

The bus stop in Endless Street. DC5416

The bus stop in Endless Street. DC5416

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BUS passengers say changes made when Salisbury’s bus station closed have made their bus stop dangerous.

Christine Wood and Patricia Paice both live in Harnham and say the bus stop they use to go home is on a narrow, overcrowded pavement where passengers have to stand in the road to let pushchairs and wheelchairs through.

Before the bus station was closed in January their bus always left from outside Debenhams on Blue Boar Row, where there is a wide pavement, but with the changes their stop was moved to Endless Street.

Mrs Wood said: “It’s mayhem, there’s not enough room. On Tuesday the 11.50 bus didn’t turn up and then people turned up for the 12.10 so there were double the amount of people and some had to stand in the road. We had plenty of room at our old stop, why did they have to move us?”

Mrs Paice added: “They’ll wait until somebody gets killed before they do something.”

Wiltshire Council said stops were moved in January to minimise disruption for passengers and ensure the busiest routes had enough space.

A spokesman said: “Following Wilts & Dorset’s decision to close Salisbury Bus Station, we have worked with local bus companies to put in new stops around Salisbury.”

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1:34pm Thu 31 Jul 14

hillyanne says...

The word on the street is often;"These planners sit in their offices miles away and don't understand local conditions."etc.I've heard it so often over so many issues since I moved to Salisbury.Perhaps said bus stop is a case in point?I'm not sure.
The word on the street is often;"These planners sit in their offices miles away and don't understand local conditions."etc.I've heard it so often over so many issues since I moved to Salisbury.Perhaps said bus stop is a case in point?I'm not sure. hillyanne
  • Score: 13

2:04pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

Not only their Bus Stops, their drivers now crowd around the door to their offices next to Fox and sons in Castle St smoking and blocking the narrow pavement. It seems all their staff now have to visit this doorway and then stop on the pavement for a compulsory smoke and a natter.
I'm sure there must be a narrow pavement somewhere in the City Centre that they have yet to obstruct one way or another!
Not only their Bus Stops, their drivers now crowd around the door to their offices next to Fox and sons in Castle St smoking and blocking the narrow pavement. It seems all their staff now have to visit this doorway and then stop on the pavement for a compulsory smoke and a natter. I'm sure there must be a narrow pavement somewhere in the City Centre that they have yet to obstruct one way or another! Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 10

2:06pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

Why are there no stops along the pavements either side of the Bus Station now it is not used, there are two good lengths of pavement along Rollestone St and Endless St that could be used!
Why are there no stops along the pavements either side of the Bus Station now it is not used, there are two good lengths of pavement along Rollestone St and Endless St that could be used! Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 8

2:40pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Petera says...

Most of the planners at Trowvises probably never have to use a bus, so have no idea of the problems and dangers faced by bus users. Until someone is badly injured they will take no notice of peoples complaints, you might as well whisle in the wind.
Most of the planners at Trowvises probably never have to use a bus, so have no idea of the problems and dangers faced by bus users. Until someone is badly injured they will take no notice of peoples complaints, you might as well whisle in the wind. Petera
  • Score: 11

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