“Absolutely stupid” – resident’s anger over alterations made to bus stop on busy road

Bournemouth Echo: Sean Smith with the new bus stop that has been installed in Ringwood Road in Poole Sean Smith with the new bus stop that has been installed in Ringwood Road in Poole

A RESIDENT has branded alterations made to a bus stop in Poole “absolutely stupid”.

A raised kerb has been installed at the stop near the junction with Ringwood Road and Dorchester Road, with the yellow bus stop markings now painted in the middle of the road. Sean Smith, who lives nearby, said he was baffled when he saw the new stop for the first time last week and thinks the way it encroaches into the road will cause problems for drivers.

“It’s absolutely stupid. It’s the silliest thing I have seen,” he added.

“The road is very busy and there is another bus stop on the opposite side of the road.

“If buses stop on both sides at the same time then the traffic will be at a complete standstill.

“It gets congested at that junction and this will make things worse.”

The unorthodox alteration comes just two months after Dorset County Council deliberately painted wonky lines on a road in Wimborne.

A day after the local authority defended the lines to the Daily Echo and insisted they were intended to look that way, they were repainted – without the mysterious curve.

Cllr Ian Potter, Poole council’s cabinet portfolio holder for transportation, said the changes to the bus stop were part of an upgrade in the area to allow easier access for passengers with disabilities, and that the raising of the kerb was to allow level access onto the bus for wheelchair users.

He added: “We reviewed access at each location along Ringwood Road with the bus operators and the stop at Ringwood Road junction with Dorchester Road was identified as one which was regularly blocked by parked vehicles.

“At the majority of locations a marked bus stop clearway box is provided.

“However, in order to retain the majority of on street parking, as requested following a consultation with the local residents, a bus stop build out has been provided here which permits safe access onto the bus for all users whilst minimising the space required.”

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12:20pm Thu 24 Apr 14

poolebob says...

So ONE person thinks its "absolutely stupid" and goes running to the Echo rather than trying to find out from the Council why an dteh Echo make a big story of it.
Typical of making news where there isn't any.,
So ONE person thinks its "absolutely stupid" and goes running to the Echo rather than trying to find out from the Council why an dteh Echo make a big story of it. Typical of making news where there isn't any., poolebob
  • Score: 4

12:27pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

poolebob wrote:
So ONE person thinks its "absolutely stupid" and goes running to the Echo rather than trying to find out from the Council why an dteh Echo make a big story of it.
Typical of making news where there isn't any.,
News enough for you to make comment.............
[quote][p][bold]poolebob[/bold] wrote: So ONE person thinks its "absolutely stupid" and goes running to the Echo rather than trying to find out from the Council why an dteh Echo make a big story of it. Typical of making news where there isn't any.,[/p][/quote]News enough for you to make comment............. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 32

12:40pm Thu 24 Apr 14

JemBmth says...

poolebob wrote:
So ONE person thinks its "absolutely stupid" and goes running to the Echo rather than trying to find out from the Council why an dteh Echo make a big story of it.
Typical of making news where there isn't any.,
I agree, it is a bit silly.
[quote][p][bold]poolebob[/bold] wrote: So ONE person thinks its "absolutely stupid" and goes running to the Echo rather than trying to find out from the Council why an dteh Echo make a big story of it. Typical of making news where there isn't any.,[/p][/quote]I agree, it is a bit silly. JemBmth
  • Score: 3

12:50pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Arthur Maureen says...

I give this latest candidate for the 'angry arms folded or pointing towards something looking serious' 7/10 would have been much higher if he had angry looking kids with arms folded behind him and perhaps a dog looking dismayed too.

Maybe he is also putting his hand out for the dwarf bus that was due (he won't get on though as he is a giant)
I give this latest candidate for the 'angry arms folded or pointing towards something looking serious' 7/10 would have been much higher if he had angry looking kids with arms folded behind him and perhaps a dog looking dismayed too. Maybe he is also putting his hand out for the dwarf bus that was due (he won't get on though as he is a giant) Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 11

12:52pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Is he waiting to high five one of those pesky cyclists that dare to ride about the locality??

Or maybe one of those invisible dwarf cyclists??
Is he waiting to high five one of those pesky cyclists that dare to ride about the locality?? Or maybe one of those invisible dwarf cyclists?? Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 3

12:55pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Wesoblind says...

makes no difference as buses park in bus stops at 45 degree angles and block the road anyway?
makes no difference as buses park in bus stops at 45 degree angles and block the road anyway? Wesoblind
  • Score: 21

1:01pm Thu 24 Apr 14

BoscVegas says...

Arthur Maureen wrote:
I give this latest candidate for the 'angry arms folded or pointing towards something looking serious' 7/10 would have been much higher if he had angry looking kids with arms folded behind him and perhaps a dog looking dismayed too.

Maybe he is also putting his hand out for the dwarf bus that was due (he won't get on though as he is a giant)
minus a point as no one is going to take him seriously in that arsenal shirt.
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Maureen[/bold] wrote: I give this latest candidate for the 'angry arms folded or pointing towards something looking serious' 7/10 would have been much higher if he had angry looking kids with arms folded behind him and perhaps a dog looking dismayed too. Maybe he is also putting his hand out for the dwarf bus that was due (he won't get on though as he is a giant)[/p][/quote]minus a point as no one is going to take him seriously in that arsenal shirt. BoscVegas
  • Score: 23

1:22pm Thu 24 Apr 14

fedupwithjobsworths says...

It always amuses me that one of the biggest causes of congestion in areas such as Parkstone and Winton are buses blocking the roads at bus stops. Building bus stops which jut out further into the road will make congestion worse, increase carbon emissions and cause even more delays for both car and public transport users. Throw in a few more idiotic Monty Python style cycle lanes and the whole conurbation will grind to a standstill.
It always amuses me that one of the biggest causes of congestion in areas such as Parkstone and Winton are buses blocking the roads at bus stops. Building bus stops which jut out further into the road will make congestion worse, increase carbon emissions and cause even more delays for both car and public transport users. Throw in a few more idiotic Monty Python style cycle lanes and the whole conurbation will grind to a standstill. fedupwithjobsworths
  • Score: 14

1:30pm Thu 24 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

Wesoblind wrote:
makes no difference as buses park in bus stops at 45 degree angles and block the road anyway?
Agreed, but modern buses cannot physically pull in to their stops properly nowadays because they have been lowered by design to meet statutory access requirements and at the same time the bus stop kerbs raised, both for exactly the same reason - in the past higher buses skirted over the lower kerbside to achieve neater non-obstructive parking.

The 'well thought through' end result is universally unhelpful, obstructive and inaccessible for absolutely everybody, in fact an all round brilliant result (NOT)!
[quote][p][bold]Wesoblind[/bold] wrote: makes no difference as buses park in bus stops at 45 degree angles and block the road anyway?[/p][/quote]Agreed, but modern buses cannot physically pull in to their stops properly nowadays because they have been lowered by design to meet statutory access requirements and at the same time the bus stop kerbs raised, both for exactly the same reason - in the past higher buses skirted over the lower kerbside to achieve neater non-obstructive parking. The 'well thought through' end result is universally unhelpful, obstructive and inaccessible for absolutely everybody, in fact an all round brilliant result (NOT)! muscliffman
  • Score: 11

1:32pm Thu 24 Apr 14

carrrob says...

Whoever comes up with these road ideas must be a complete idiot another accident waiting to happen I couldnt believe it when I saw it !
Whoever comes up with these road ideas must be a complete idiot another accident waiting to happen I couldnt believe it when I saw it ! carrrob
  • Score: 15

1:33pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Noah Peel says...

typical gooner
typical gooner Noah Peel
  • Score: -5

1:38pm Thu 24 Apr 14

GeorgeW64 says...

What are the chances of seeing 2 buses ?
What are the chances of seeing 2 buses ? GeorgeW64
  • Score: 4

1:52pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Tripod says...

Bank Holiday News!
Echo is light on staff and desperate to fill space...
Bank Holiday News! Echo is light on staff and desperate to fill space... Tripod
  • Score: 3

1:58pm Thu 24 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

Why is a raised kerb needed when as far as I am aware, all the Yellow and WD buses are capable of kneeling if required?
Why is a raised kerb needed when as far as I am aware, all the Yellow and WD buses are capable of kneeling if required? speedy231278
  • Score: 13

2:30pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Valerie W. says...

I'm sure this is all part of a wider (undeclared) policy to put people off driving. This kind of thing has been going on in a number of continental cities for the last ten years or so - conditions gradually worsen for motorists, by little changes and tweaks here and there and people begin to prefer public transport. I bet that's what they're doing here, little by little.
I'm sure this is all part of a wider (undeclared) policy to put people off driving. This kind of thing has been going on in a number of continental cities for the last ten years or so - conditions gradually worsen for motorists, by little changes and tweaks here and there and people begin to prefer public transport. I bet that's what they're doing here, little by little. Valerie W.
  • Score: 6

3:41pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Lord Parkstone says...

Typical gooners fan to be the first to complain.
Typical gooners fan to be the first to complain. Lord Parkstone
  • Score: -2

4:39pm Thu 24 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

Valerie W. wrote:
I'm sure this is all part of a wider (undeclared) policy to put people off driving. This kind of thing has been going on in a number of continental cities for the last ten years or so - conditions gradually worsen for motorists, by little changes and tweaks here and there and people begin to prefer public transport. I bet that's what they're doing here, little by little.
Or on a much bigger scale locally - the current 'Three Towns Travel' scheme, intended to be anti-motorist but cunningly dressed up to pretend otherwise!
[quote][p][bold]Valerie W.[/bold] wrote: I'm sure this is all part of a wider (undeclared) policy to put people off driving. This kind of thing has been going on in a number of continental cities for the last ten years or so - conditions gradually worsen for motorists, by little changes and tweaks here and there and people begin to prefer public transport. I bet that's what they're doing here, little by little.[/p][/quote]Or on a much bigger scale locally - the current 'Three Towns Travel' scheme, intended to be anti-motorist but cunningly dressed up to pretend otherwise! muscliffman
  • Score: 7

4:51pm Thu 24 Apr 14

suzigirl says...

Letcommonsenseprevai
l
wrote:
poolebob wrote: So ONE person thinks its "absolutely stupid" and goes running to the Echo rather than trying to find out from the Council why an dteh Echo make a big story of it. Typical of making news where there isn't any.,
News enough for you to make comment.............
Nearly as stupid as the bus stop on Ashley Road near the pub!
[quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poolebob[/bold] wrote: So ONE person thinks its "absolutely stupid" and goes running to the Echo rather than trying to find out from the Council why an dteh Echo make a big story of it. Typical of making news where there isn't any.,[/p][/quote]News enough for you to make comment.............[/p][/quote]Nearly as stupid as the bus stop on Ashley Road near the pub! suzigirl
  • Score: 3

5:27pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Domingo De Santa Clara says...

I was completely baffled by it when i drove past it on Monday,who comes up with these ideas?
If parked cars at the stop are the issue,where's the not so smart big brother car that patrols our streets?
I was completely baffled by it when i drove past it on Monday,who comes up with these ideas? If parked cars at the stop are the issue,where's the not so smart big brother car that patrols our streets? Domingo De Santa Clara
  • Score: 7

5:45pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Broomers2003 says...

Obviously he's not been through Winton for a while, they've had these built-out stops there for a while!
Obviously he's not been through Winton for a while, they've had these built-out stops there for a while! Broomers2003
  • Score: 4

5:57pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Hessenford says...

No wonder the roads are in such a mess when council pen pushers are let loose to design things they no absolutely nothing about.
No wonder the roads are in such a mess when council pen pushers are let loose to design things they no absolutely nothing about. Hessenford
  • Score: 8

11:34pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

Arsenal whinger
Arsenal whinger Lord Spring
  • Score: -2

6:54am Fri 25 Apr 14

tbpoole says...

Valerie W. wrote:
I'm sure this is all part of a wider (undeclared) policy to put people off driving. This kind of thing has been going on in a number of continental cities for the last ten years or so - conditions gradually worsen for motorists, by little changes and tweaks here and there and people begin to prefer public transport. I bet that's what they're doing here, little by little.
Suits me I prefer the bus
[quote][p][bold]Valerie W.[/bold] wrote: I'm sure this is all part of a wider (undeclared) policy to put people off driving. This kind of thing has been going on in a number of continental cities for the last ten years or so - conditions gradually worsen for motorists, by little changes and tweaks here and there and people begin to prefer public transport. I bet that's what they're doing here, little by little.[/p][/quote]Suits me I prefer the bus tbpoole
  • Score: 2

7:24am Fri 25 Apr 14

dorsetspeed says...

tbpoole wrote:
Valerie W. wrote:
I'm sure this is all part of a wider (undeclared) policy to put people off driving. This kind of thing has been going on in a number of continental cities for the last ten years or so - conditions gradually worsen for motorists, by little changes and tweaks here and there and people begin to prefer public transport. I bet that's what they're doing here, little by little.
Suits me I prefer the bus
I would never have believed it
[quote][p][bold]tbpoole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Valerie W.[/bold] wrote: I'm sure this is all part of a wider (undeclared) policy to put people off driving. This kind of thing has been going on in a number of continental cities for the last ten years or so - conditions gradually worsen for motorists, by little changes and tweaks here and there and people begin to prefer public transport. I bet that's what they're doing here, little by little.[/p][/quote]Suits me I prefer the bus[/p][/quote]I would never have believed it dorsetspeed
  • Score: 2

7:28am Fri 25 Apr 14

Baysider says...

Hessenford wrote:
No wonder the roads are in such a mess when council pen pushers are let loose to design things they no absolutely nothing about.
They should have just rang you I suppose? You and others seem to NO it all...
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: No wonder the roads are in such a mess when council pen pushers are let loose to design things they no absolutely nothing about.[/p][/quote]They should have just rang you I suppose? You and others seem to NO it all... Baysider
  • Score: -2

12:32pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Phixer says...

Baysider wrote:
Hessenford wrote:
No wonder the roads are in such a mess when council pen pushers are let loose to design things they no absolutely nothing about.
They should have just rang you I suppose? You and others seem to NO it all...
It's called 'job retention', thinking of a way to waste - sorry, spend my money, your money and the money from the pensioner across the road who doesn't have enough left to pay heating bills after paying council tax.

Traffic lights on roundabouts; changing perfectly good street lights for expensive LED lights which have a limited lighting area; pedestrians crossing control boxes at trafiic lights which would change automatically anyway; 3 metre cycle lanes; sand bags for the beach. We thought we'd seen it all but our public serpents are very creative at wasting - sorry, spending other people's money.
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: No wonder the roads are in such a mess when council pen pushers are let loose to design things they no absolutely nothing about.[/p][/quote]They should have just rang you I suppose? You and others seem to NO it all...[/p][/quote]It's called 'job retention', thinking of a way to waste - sorry, spend my money, your money and the money from the pensioner across the road who doesn't have enough left to pay heating bills after paying council tax. Traffic lights on roundabouts; changing perfectly good street lights for expensive LED lights which have a limited lighting area; pedestrians crossing control boxes at trafiic lights which would change automatically anyway; 3 metre cycle lanes; sand bags for the beach. We thought we'd seen it all but our public serpents are very creative at wasting - sorry, spending other people's money. Phixer
  • Score: 2

4:40pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Top_Gear says...

Absolutely LOVE the shirt Sean.
Absolutely LOVE the shirt Sean. Top_Gear
  • Score: 1

10:42am Sat 26 Apr 14

KrazzeeWabbit says...

This has been done because of the idiots that do one or more of the following
1 Park in a Bus Stop
2 Do not allow buses out of Bus Stops

Simple really if you obstruct a Bus eventually the authorities have to take action to stop that happening.
If people had a little bit of common sence they would realise that blocking buses or not allowing them to proceed then it causes the traffic problems to get worse
This has been done because of the idiots that do one or more of the following 1 Park in a Bus Stop 2 Do not allow buses out of Bus Stops Simple really if you obstruct a Bus eventually the authorities have to take action to stop that happening. If people had a little bit of common sence they would realise that blocking buses or not allowing them to proceed then it causes the traffic problems to get worse KrazzeeWabbit
  • Score: 1

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