Agenda item

NWAC/18/18 Proposed Bus Stop Clearways

Minutes:

82.1    Michael Newsham, Integrated Transport Officer presented this report which, working with Suffolk County Council, aimed to install raised bus stop kerbs to help passengers get on or off buses more easily, particularly the elderly or those with physical disabilities, wheelchair users or passengers with prams.  It was usual to install bus stop clearway restrictions at the same time and the proposals were for stops on the 9 and 10 bus service which operated from the town centre to the Whitton and the Castle Hill areas. 

 

82.2    Consultation had been carried out and the affected residents had been written to.  Six objections to the proposals had been received and these were attached to the report at Appendix C.

 

82.3    Councillor Goldsmith asked whether there were any time restrictions to the clearway proposals and Mr Newsham said that the letters and plans stated that the restrictions would be in place at all times, as requested by the operators of the bus service (Ipswich Buses) as the 9 & 10 bus service ran from 6.00am – 11.30pm.

 

82.4    Councillor Fisher asked whether the clearway restriction was necessary at all and Mr Newsham said that, it was in order to ensure that the area was kept clear so that the buses could pull up flush with the kerb at all times and Ipswich Buses supported this provision at the bus stops it served.

 

82.5    Councillor Vickery asked whether the clearway restrictions would affect those properties with a dropped kerb and Mr Newsham clarified that none of the proposals would remove or restrict any dropped crossings as they were all on the carriageway.

 

82.6    Councillor Meudec said that she was aware that bus drivers were struggling to board residents who were wheelchair or pushchair users. 

 

            Resolved:

 

1.    that a bus stop clearway restriction, in force at all times, be installed at the inbound bus stop outside 46 Elmcroft Road, in accordance with the plan shown in Appendix B of report Ref No: NWAC/18/18, be agreed.

 

Reason: To ensure that bus passengers can easily and safely board and alight from buses.

 

2.    that a bus stop clearway restriction, in force at all times, be installed at the outbound bus stop outside 105/105A Fircroft Road, in accordance with the plan shown in Appendix B of report Ref No: NWAC/18/18, be agreed.

 

Reason: To ensure that bus passengers can easily and safely board and alight from buses.

 

3.    that a bus stop clearway restriction, in force at all times, be installed at the inbound bus stop outside 108 Fircroft Road, in accordance with the plan shown in Appendix B of report Ref No: NWAC/18/18, be agreed.

 

Reason:  To ensure that bus passengers can easily and safely board and alight from buses.

 

4.    that a bus stop clearway restriction, in force at all times, be installed at the inbound bus stop outside 156 Fircroft Road, in accordance with the plan shown in Appendix B of report Ref No NWAC/18/18, be agreed.

 

Reason:  To ensure that bus passengers can easily and safely board and alight from buses.

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