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Delays to safety improvements at Haverhill bus stop are ‘ridiculous’

The bus stop opposite Sainsbury's in Haverhill.
The bus stop opposite Sainsbury's in Haverhill.

Delays in implementing safety improvements to a bus stop on one of the busiest roads into Haverhill are ‘ridiculous’, according to the man who led a successful campaign to have the work done.

Last December, Ron Davies learned that the bid he began two-and-a-half-years earlier to have the bus stop opposite Sainsbury’s in Withersfield Road moved back to allow a layby and a light controlled safety crossing to be put in had been successful.

However, having expected to see the enhancements started in April, Mr Davies, of Horsham Close, Haverhill, said Suffolk County Council (SCC) said it would not now happen until later this year, possibly in October.

Mr Davies said: “I am a little bit annoyed with the time it’s taken.

“Now is the time to do that. It’s ridiculous.”

The need for a safe crossing place to be introduced was highlighted by the experience of Roy Young, of Gainsborough Road in Haverhill, who was one of more than 20 people dropped off at the stop after a pensioners’ trip to Spalding.

The stop has very little room for passengers who have got off a bus and they have to cross the road to be able to use a proper pavement.

They managed to cross the road eventually, but only because a driver stopped their car to allow it to happen.

Mr Young said: “When you come back from the Cambridge end there’s nothing really there.

“My wife and I often get the bus to Cambridge and we have noticed that when we stop there all the students get off at Sainsbury’s.

“You can get ten, 15 or 20 students there and they are a bit more athletic than us and they run across the road, but It should have a proper stop with a crossing.

“It is a busy stop. There’s no thought for the pedestrians.”

An SCC spokesman said: ““We have not specified times and dates for work to begin as certain processes such as the detailed design of the crossing and co-ordination with the relevant utility companies must be undertaken first.

“The plans to install a lay-by and pedestrian crossing on Cambridge Road near Sainsbury’s will be continued and we hope for this project to be fully completed by the end of the year.”

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