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Bus verge mishap ‘shows need for road changes’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

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THESE pictures show how a school bus became stuck on a grass verge as a result of traffic problems on busy South Derbyshire route.

The images were shot by disgruntled resident Margaret Fairbrother to highlight how bad the situation has become in Gresley Wood Road, Church Gresley.

She told the Mail how the double-decker bus, that was taking children to school, had to mount the kerb in an effort to navigate the road which was filled with incorrectly parked cars.

However, as the driver tried to pull off the kerb the bus became stuck and, after finally being removed, left the grass verge outside her home ‘badly damaged’

She told the Mail: “The road is like an accident waiting to happen.

“This double-decker bus had to mount the verge to try to get around all the cars on the street.

“This is an everyday occurrence now – drivers are always having to mount the kerbs just to get up and down the road.

“Everyone in the street is really worried because if the problem is this bad now, then what will it be like when the new school opens?”

The school Mrs Fairbrother refers to is the new Church Gresley Infant and Nursery School, in nearby Pennine Way, which is set to open later this year.

The photos have been forwarded to both Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire County Council, with both revealing that complaintsabout h the road were being ‘investigated’.

This latest incident comes after a report by the county council said that traffic-calming measures or vehicle activated signs were not needed.

An inspection by highway chiefs showed that the area ‘does not justify’ any improvements.

The report stated: “While not supported by the traffic survey, it is clear that there is a general concern among residents that speeding is a problem. The road safety record, however, is good and does not provide justification to fund physical traffic-calming measures or alternative measures, such as vehicle-activated signs.”

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