Bus delays caused by illegally parked cars
STRICTER parking enfor-in Louth is the answer to reducing bus congestion, according to residents and councillors.
Signs to remind blue badge holders where to park, traffic wardens and a tougher stance towards on-street parking were among the suggestions heard at a Louth Bus Roundtable public meeting on October 21.
The recommendations were made during discussions on the number 10 and 51 bus routes, which were redirected in February 2012 in an attempt to prevent severe delays caused by illegally parked vehicles.
As a result of the changes, buses now travel via Church Street and Newmarket rather than via Mercer Row.
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However, a number of residents and councillors have raised safety concerns about the new route and are in favour of it returning to its original path.
Louth Town Councillor, Andrew Austin, lives on Church Street and said it had become a more dangerous road since parking charges were introduced by ELDC last year.
“It has forced parking out onto street – we now have parking both sides of the road,” he said.
“At the bottom of Monks Dyke Road we have a point where six primary and infant schools merge.
“It is getting to the point now where – coming out into Church Street – people are taking their lives into their own hands.
“Parking enforcement – be it for the good, or for any problem – for Church Street it is not working.”
One member of the public, Richard Fowler, pointed out that the problem with the original route lay with inadequate parking enforcement on Mercer Row:
He said: “Some towns are taking a much harder line with blue badge holders and even putting up signs saying they cannot park in certain areas.”
Another member of the public, a former Stagecoach driver, called for traffic wardens as a means of enforcement.
He said: “I have driven buses down Mercer Row hundreds of times.
“The only time that I have ever had problems was when there were illegally parked cars – the answer to this is problem is enforcement.
“We used to have a traffic warden – now you hardly ever see a traffic warden in Louth.”
Dave Skepper, commercial director at Stagecoach, defended the new route and said an operational team from the company had confirmed a continuation of parking issues on Mercer Row.
“We tried to alleviate the problem but it carried on the point where we were getting buses stuck.
“We saw an alternative route – the one we are currently using.
“It is a longer route, but there have been fewer delays,” he said.
Chairing the meeting, East Lindsey District Councillor, Sarah Dodds, said representations received from members of the public had strongly supported a return to the old route.
However, a vote taken at a meeting of Louth Town Council on October 15 returned a narrow victory for those in favour of keeping the new route.
A public meeting with Mick Phoenix, parking services manager for LCC, will now be organised to address the issue of enforcement before any further decisions are made.