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Businesses join forces against bus stops
BUSINESSES in Salisbury are joining forces to oppose plans for a bus stop outside their premises, citing safety concerns and loss of trade.
Wilts & Dorset bus company announced earlier this week that the bus station in Endless Street, Salisbury will close in the new year following the acceptance of an offer for the site.
As a result all bus services that currently begin or end their journey at the station are to be moved onto bus stops on the public highway.
Wiltshire Council is looking to put in additional bus stops in the city as well as “lay-over” bays where buses can park for 20 minutes before starting the round again.
The proposed sites for bus stops include Castle Street, Endless Street, Chipper Lane, Brown Street (behind TK Maxx) and Milford Street, while those for layovers include two for Chipper Lane and one in Brown Street.
But businesses in Milford Street are unhappy with the proposals.
Michael Maidment, proprietor of the Red Lion Hotel, said: “We are very concerned about safety issues and the effect on our businesses.
“The buses will be taking up a lot of the space on the road and people will be trying to pass them in cars creating safety concerns with the traffic lights which are right there.
“We are intending to put together a letter outlining our concerns.”
Among other worries are what will happen to the loading bays currently used for deliveries and the collection of goods, an increased lack of visibility for shop windows and the potential for bus users, if dropped off in large numbers, to spill out onto the road. City councillor Sven Hocking, who attended a meeting held by local businesses on Friday, said: “It’s the local businesses that will be affected by these changes, and they need to have their voices heard.”
A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “All comments received will be reviewed by the council and any that have a material impact on the council’s proposals will be forwarded onto the consultants, Atkins, for consideration in preparation of the final designs.”
All comments need to be received by September 2.
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