Bus stop a ‘road smash risk’

Cath Buckley and her daughter Lyra, seven, from Tyldesley outside their home which is a planned site for a new bus stop

Cath Buckley and her daughter Lyra, seven, from Tyldesley outside their home which is a planned site for a new bus stop

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A FURIOUS homeowner says a decision by transport bosses to place a bus stop outside her home is “an accident waiting to happen”.

Cath Buckley hit out after Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) informed her of plans to put a temporary bus stop directly outside her house in Tyldesley.

The gradient has been changed for the busway so it’s now a blind summit. People try to overtake me when I’m coming on and off my drive and every day there’s problem, so if there’s a bus parked up and pedestrians there it’s going to be an accident waiting to happen

Cath Buckley

TfGM has already closed the two previous bus stops on Hough Lane as part of the work on the nearby guided busway, though it denies Mrs Buckley’s claim the new stop is being trialled to allow easy access to the controversial public transport scheme from Astley. She says the layout of the road makes the proposed bus stop, which has currently been postponed while her complaint is investigated, extremely dangerous due to motorists overtaking on the road.

Mrs Buckley, 37, said: “We think when the bus stop is there cars are going to overtake and then swing back in.

“The gradient has been changed for the busway so it’s now a blind summit. People try to overtake me when I’m coming on and off my drive and every day there’s problem, so if there’s a bus parked up and pedestrians there it’s going to be an accident waiting to happen.

“There’s also not much space for a stop and the bus is will be over the end of my driveway. The previous stops were closer to the traffic lights where people had a clear view of the road.

“There’s also no shops or amenities near my house so I don’t know why anybody would want to catch or get off a bus there. They’ve denied it, but I think they want the stop there for when the guided busway starts because we’re only a few houses down from it.”

Mrs Buckley also raised concerns about passengers waiting for their buses outside her home and said bus drivers leaving the stop would have to rev their engines as they would face a hill start to cross the guided busway route, creating potential a issue with pollution. Mrs Buckley says TfGM told her the temporary stop would be in place for 12 months because moving utilities services under the pavement for the busway made using the old ones impossible, but she queries the thinking behind this.

She said: “I’ve asked them if it wouldn’t make more sense to put it in the permanent place. Surely they know where the bus stop is going to be after all the planning that goes into a project like this.”

TfGM assured residents that after receiving complaints the temporary stop would not be put in place until all responses had been considered.