Campaigner for Haverhill bus stop changes in undeterred
A campaigner who wants safety improvements made to a bus stop in Haverhill wants to press on with his cause despite Suffolk County Council saying it would be too expensive.
Ron Davies is calling on the county council to install a crossing at the bus stop on the Haverhill-bound A1307 outside Sainsbury’s.
Mr Davies, supported by county councillor Anne Gower, also hopes to see the stop have a layby put in and moved 13 metres along the road so it is opposite another shelter on the Cambridge-bound side.
After the county council said it could not afford the works that would be needed for the alterations, a new idea was mooted.
Mr Davies said the council is in talks with bus companies about an alternative.
This would involve scrapping the bus shelter on the Haverhill-bound road and requesting that buses turn right at the Sainsbury’s roundabout, go around the next roundabout and then drop off passengers opposite the filling station.
But Mr Davies still wants to pursue his original idea, particularly after a conversation with a woman with walking sticks who spoke to him after she got off a bus at the Sainsbury’s stop.
He said: “She said ‘please carry on with this campaign because we need this crossing so badly’.”
The potentially new location for the bus stop has already been suggested to the county council by Cllr Gordon Cox, one of Haverhill’s representatives on St Edmundsbury Council.
In a letter to the Echo (see page 28) he says of the alternative location: “This would have at least ensured that people were dropped off on the opposite side of the road to the current bus stop location and therefore saved them taking their lives in their own hands crossing the road.”
A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: “The county council is looking into a proposal to relocate the bus stop further up the road.
“However as the bus route is operated by a private company the decision ultimately lies with them.
“We will be in conversations with the bus operator in the very near future to explore this proposal in greater detail.”
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