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Abbeymead residents baffled by 'unnecessary' £2million bus lane scheme

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

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HOMEOWNERS in Abbeymead are baffled by a £2million bus scheme they claim is not necessary.

Gloucestershire County Council is looking at creating two new bus lanes in Abbeymead Avenue.

When planning consent was granted for the Cooper’s Edge development near Brockworth the council asked the developers to put in bus lanes on Abbeymead Avenue and Metz Way but it was not completed.

City councillor Phil McLellan (LD, Barnwood) said: “I had an understanding with the highways management that the county council would seek a financial contribution and would be consulted on what should be done. I only learned recently, by chance, that the council has resurrected the bus priority scheme and is seeking Government funding to see it introduced. It is ranked number four on the list of schemes in the county, ahead of renewing Gloucester Bus Station. I don’t believe it is sensible to introduce a bus priority scheme in Abbeymead without a lot more consultation.”

The county council said the bus lane and bus station bids are in fact linked, but Abbeymead residents think the scheme for their area is a waste of money.

The purpose of the new bus route is to facilitate sustainable development at Cooper’s Edge by improving journey times for the existing service between Gloucester and Upton-St-Leonards.

Jackie Stroud, from The Oaks in Abbeymead, said: “I have heard that the scheme is meant to encourage people to not drive but use the buses. But I really think the money could be better spent on improving the park and ride for example. I think women would much prefer to park here because it is a safer environment. Not everyone goes home straight after work, people need to use their cars to go shopping or meet friends. It would be good to see the money spent on the bus station too, it is ugly and the building is stuck in post war era. I have lived in Abbeymead since 1996, it is very quiet and you only get the odd retired person using the bus during the daytime. If they fit the bus lane in, it will mean making the road four lanes.”

Councillor Will Windsor Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “We wanted to make sure the Metz Way bus lane bid didn’t interfere with plans for Gloucester Bus Station. That’s why we’ve linked our bids for the two projects together, as part of a package to improve bus travel in Gloucester. That way the bus station bid will get funding and we can still access developer funding for improvements elsewhere in the city. The final decision will be made by the independent Gloucestershire Local Transport Board when they meet on April 9 to allocate £3.3millon.”

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  • citon  |  April 05 2014, 8:20AM

    Well it's not too long now, until we can show these cretins what we think of them. I thought all this war on the private motorist was going to stop, or at least that is what we were promised last time around. Truth is, ever since the Berlotti conman (or whatever his name is) all of our roads are being destroyed by stealth.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  April 04 2014, 9:16PM

    Perhaps the Council forgot to tell the residents of Abbeydale estate that they are closing Abbeydale Avenue to all vehicles except buses, think on, anything's possible with this council.

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  • MikeMorrisOBE  |  April 04 2014, 4:11PM

    What a waste of money. I'm sure each bus stop on Abbeymead Avenue had a pull-in, but Stagecoach complained that their bus drivers were finding it difficult to pull back out, so they were removed.

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  • NotThis  |  April 04 2014, 3:25PM

    What a complete waste of money. Aside from being unnecessary, the new lanes will be a terrible eyesore.

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  • NibNobs  |  April 04 2014, 10:14AM

    Abbeymead Avenue should have always been a dual carrigeway (one lane for buses, one for cars/vans on either side) back in the late 1980's when the link road was started everyone knew how many thousands of houses were going to be built. And amazingly the SAME mistake has been made through Coopers Edge where the strange bendy road 'Beaumont Walk' is hopelessly too narrow for the hundreds of cars that use it as a short cut to work/schools in Cheltenham from Gloucester. Both roads need to be dual either side, one lane for buses, one for cars/vans/lorries. So no-one has to frustratingly queue every time a bus stops along both Abbeymead Avenue and Beaumont Walk as is the case today.

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