Peterborough bus route amended after residents insist stationary buses were causing a ‘hazard’

A Peterborough bus route has been amended after residents complained that buses stationary for long periods were causing a ‘hazard’.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 4:59 am
Updated Saturday, 24th April 2021, 7:04 am
A bus stopped near Linnet in Orton Wistow.

Residents of the Ortons complained in February about the hazard being caused by the Number 1 service stopping and waiting for long periods on Wistow Way outside of Linnet.

Residents complained that buses, which were staying stationary to rebalance the running times of the service, were impeding the view of drivers as they were leaving the estate, leaving them unable to see traffic attempting to overtake the buses.

The problem was only exacerbated by the pandemic, which has seen declining passenger numbers mean that buses are getting to the stop even earlier and waiting for longer. Buses have often been seen waiting for more than five minutes and on occasions, there have been reports of two buses lining up behind one another.

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A bus stopped near Linnet in Orton Wistow.

In response to this, Stagecoach East promised to review the service and have now changed the termination point to Orton Wistow Paulsgrove, where there is an existing busway, instead of Orton Wistow Ferryview.

Green Party representative for Orton Waterville, Cllr Julie Howell said: “The new arrangement started on Sunday and everybody seems happy with it. I have spoken to residents of Paulsgrove and they seem pleased with the change and I haven’t heard any complaints so far.

“Having spoken to residents in Linett, I know they raised some road safety concerns and I am very happy that Stagecoach have listened to them and I would like to thank them for making the necessary changes.”