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Transport committee puts an end to parking at bus stop

Transport committee puts an end to parking at bus stop

PARKING restrictions have been introduced at a Saltney bus stop.

Chester's local joint committee for highways and transport agreed to act following complaints from passengers that vehicles regularly parked in the bus stop on Chester Street near Curzon Street, causing problems for people getting on and off the buses.

Traffic and transport engineers say four parking spaces with limited waiting have been kept to provide short stay parking for customers visiting nearby shops.

The committee decided to press ahead with an order to deal with the problem after County Cllr David Robinson (Lab, Overleigh) had referred to the possibility of a 'bus build out' for the layby which had been suggested by transport co-ordinators.

'This would still allow parking in the layby. It would seem sensible for this scheme to be examined and for the proposed action to be deferred until this has been done,' suggested Cllr Robinson.

But principal traffic and transportation engineer John Gamlen said the layby was not the first choice for the scheme which he believed 'would not provide a great deal in terms of improvement in parking'.

And he added: 'We are not able to enforce the restrictions in the layby because the signs are not in place and this is causing complaints.

'We should go ahead as intended. What we are doing will not preclude the scheme being done at a later stage.

'In the meantime, the buses are having to park in the middle of the road because the restrictions are not being enforced.'

County Cllr Peter Byrne (Lab) said, however: 'The road is very, very wide and there is excellent visibility.

'I cannot think of a better example of a layby which could have a bus build out.

'There would be an immense improvement for the buses and it would retain local parking, which is so very important.'

n Proposed parking restrictions at the junction of Curzon Street and Chester Street were dropped at an earlier stage.

Give-way markings at the junction have been moved forward, councillors were told.

This improved visibility for emerging drivers and enabled parking spaces near the junction to be retained.

Two objections were made by Chester Street businesses which were concerned that yellow lines at the junction would cost them trade.


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