The current temporary stop on the northbound side of Station Road will be shifted to a permanent location slightly further north - from outside property number 104 to in between numbers 94 and 96 - in order to move it away from a pedestrian crossing point.
The relocated stop will benefit from a shelter and is intended to improve accessibility for passengers - but it will lead to the loss of one on-street parking space.
On the southbound side of the road, the layout of the stop outside property number 127 will be redesigned after it was found that bus drivers were having to put their vehicles into the path of oncoming traffic when pulling out after picking up or dropping off passengers. Again, a bus shelter will be installed as part of the work, but a kerbside parking space will disappear.
Bus stop clearway markings will be introduced at both locations, which will prevent any other vehicles from pulling up at the two spots.
The changes were approved at a meeting of Lancashire County Council’s cabinet, which heard that the £45,000 cost of the scheme will be funded from a pot of City Deal cash left over from public realm upgrades made in the main Bamber Bridge shopping area in recent years.
A report to the cabinet stated that the authority wanted to ensure that bus stops were at “appropriate locations” and added that “safety should be a serious concern”.
Members were also told that the proposals had been “developed in consultation with public transport officers who considered passenger accessibility, safety, the needs of other road users, residents and businesses, along with current guidance and recommendations”.
However, the changes nevertheless resulted in a range of objections from four consultation respondents - all of which related to the proposed relocation of the northbound stop. These included concerns that the new stop would result in loitering, anti-social behaviour and potential damage to property and parked cars.
The authority responded that there was “no direct evidence” to support the claims and said that similar fears raised about other new bus stop locations elsewhere in Lancashire had rarely come to fruition.
Cabinet member for transport and highways Charlie Edwards said that the scheme was “an example of where we said we were going to do something - and we’ve done it”.
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