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Bus stop moved due to danger of speeding cars

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

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BUS firm chiefs and community leaders will meet to determine the future of a hazardous bus stop.

The pickup point in a layby in Derby Road, on the way into Burton, has become a point of contention after it was moved further down the road due to safety concerns.

Drivers with bus firms Arriva and Trent Barton, which use the stop for its X38 service have claimed they struggle to pullout because of speeding cars coming off the A38.

But Staffordshire County councillor, Shelagh McKiernan (pictured), who first raised the issue at Stretton Parish Council, said the stop had been moved without any consultation.

After the meeting Mrs McKiernan told the Mail: “Arriva has complained that it’s unsafe for their drivers to pull out from the layby.

“They are finding cars are still doing 65mph and their buses cannot pull out, and that may be a legitimate concern.

“In January, Arriva complained and the stop was moved about 100 yards along, but it was without any consultation - that’s what I’m complaining about.”

Mrs McKiernan, who represents Stretton and Horninglow on the county council, said she has now raised the issue after a complaint from a resident.

She said: “I have an open mind and am just asking for consultation.

“The problem is that people on the nearby estate tend to use the stop and no matter where it is put they will have to cross a main road.”

Regional spokesman for Arriva, Keith Myatt, told the Mail drivers the original stop was moved after a site meeting with highways officers.

He said: “It was agreed that the original stop in the layby was no longer fit for purpose.

“It created a danger to road users coming off the slip road as well as to our drivers and customers.

“The sign was moved a long to a lamppost on the pavement a few yards a long the road.

“This is now a much safer location than we were previously using.

“The safety of our customers and road users is paramount.”

Another meeting will take place with bosses from Arriva, which is due to take place on April 9.

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