Transport failure

Transport failure

Transport failure

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THE developer of Royal Forest estate intends to close Huntington Road for two weeks while it deals with drainage work.

Among other inconveniences this will mean the loss of the Number 5 and 13 bus service. Public transport is vital for many to get to work, school and other amenities.

With no close proximity diversion, nil response from the developer, the council saying it is not an issue for them (who granted planning permission?) and bus drivers not aware of proposed diversion, perhaps someone could advise what is happening to ensure continuation of public transport?

Kerry Tinker, Darwin Close, Huntington, York.

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3:13am Thu 3 Apr 14

Magicman! says...

There isn't really any reasonable way buses could divert and still get anywhere near reasonably close to the area, not with a lot of complication.

The closure, I assume, will shut Huntington Road between Whitestone Drive and Brockfield Park... Whitestone Drive is too narrow for 2 buses to pass, as is Brockfield, plus there is a tight turn at either Doriam Drive or Kestrel Wood Way depending on route. I'm not saying a bus couldn't go down there as such (First sends the odd bus down Anthea Drive on staff shuttle, and school coaches somehow manage to get down there to Yearsley Grove too) - but to do so would require a completely clear road, and proximity-based warning signs so a car driver approaching the aforementioned tight turns gets a flashing warning sign if a bus is coming the other way towards the corner (likewise the bus driver gets a warming of a car coming the other way). But even then buses cannot pass each other along there, and the only resolution to that would be for a bus to wait at the stop on New Lane (near Jockey Lane) until a bus has come out of the housing area before proceeding.

All in all, that is far too complicated and has too many variables which could go wrong. Instead it is most likely the same bus diversions will occur as when Huntington Road was closed for resurfacing near Huntington School just over 4 years ago:- the 5 will likely divert after Huntington WMC (citybound), and head along New Lane, Malton Road, Elmfield Avenue, Monkton Road, Byland Avenue, then as normal route on Huntington Road (Yearsley Bridge). The 13 will likely just carry on along Haxby Road.
There isn't really any reasonable way buses could divert and still get anywhere near reasonably close to the area, not with a lot of complication. The closure, I assume, will shut Huntington Road between Whitestone Drive and Brockfield Park... Whitestone Drive is too narrow for 2 buses to pass, as is Brockfield, plus there is a tight turn at either Doriam Drive or Kestrel Wood Way depending on route. I'm not saying a bus couldn't go down there as such (First sends the odd bus down Anthea Drive on staff shuttle, and school coaches somehow manage to get down there to Yearsley Grove too) - but to do so would require a completely clear road, and proximity-based warning signs so a car driver approaching the aforementioned tight turns gets a flashing warning sign if a bus is coming the other way towards the corner (likewise the bus driver gets a warming of a car coming the other way). But even then buses cannot pass each other along there, and the only resolution to that would be for a bus to wait at the stop on New Lane (near Jockey Lane) until a bus has come out of the housing area before proceeding. All in all, that is far too complicated and has too many variables which could go wrong. Instead it is most likely the same bus diversions will occur as when Huntington Road was closed for resurfacing near Huntington School just over 4 years ago:- the 5 will likely divert after Huntington WMC (citybound), and head along New Lane, Malton Road, Elmfield Avenue, Monkton Road, Byland Avenue, then as normal route on Huntington Road (Yearsley Bridge). The 13 will likely just carry on along Haxby Road. Magicman!
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