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Yarmouth bus route could be moved

PUBLISHED: 10:36 23 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:24 30 June 2010

A bus negotiates traffic in King Street where a risk assessment has been carried out

A bus negotiates traffic in King Street where a risk assessment has been carried out

DRIVERS parking on double yellow lines could force bus services to be moved away from King Street in Great Yarmouth.

Staff from bus company First visited the town centre street last Thursday and Friday to carry out a risk assessment - which took into account whether vehicles were blocking the bus route.

DRIVERS parking on double yellow lines could force bus services to be moved away from King Street in Great Yarmouth.

Staff from bus company First visited the town centre street last Thursday and Friday to carry out a risk assessment - which took into account whether vehicles were blocking the bus route.

On the same Friday, a van parked on yellow lines outside Match clothes store in King Street caused a commotion in the morning when one of the buses was unable to get by in the narrow road and the driver was forced to beep his horn. However, after waiting several minutes, the driver slowly reversed into Regent Street, and then mounted the pavement outside Greenwoods to get by.

First spokesman Chelsea De Silva said as part of the risk assessment, First is asking bus drivers and passengers if they have experienced any problems. If they receive a significant number of complaints they can look to change the route.

However, the results of the risk assessment are not likely to be known until the end of February.

She added changes could be made if the parked vehicles were causing buses to be delayed.

She said: “If it comes to our attention and we get complaints that the buses are being held up by the parked vehicles then we would assess whether it would make more sense to re-route, but I can't say that for definite because I am not aware of any complaints yet.”

First carries out annual risk assessments on all its routes to look at potential hazards, including dangerous corners and poorly-positioned bus stops. The results are then put into a report for drivers and First's timetabling team.

If any changes are made to the King Street route, they are unlikely to be made until eight weeks after the risk assessment results have been published in February.

The King Street bus stop was moved to Deneside on November 16 prior to county council workmen reversing the one-way system in King Street three days later.

The one-way reversal, part of a project to regenerate the King Street area, resulted in buses that had previously travelled north along King Street from Nottingham Way using Deneside instead, while buses coming from the town centre now travel along King Street towards Nottingham Way.


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