Escrick villagers highlight bus stop dangers

RESIDENTS of a village between York and Selby have urged action on moving a bus stop from a busy main road.

The 415 service used to run through Escrick until a change in funding by North Yorkshire County Council saw subsidies removed from the route.

The stop was then moved to the A19, close to The Parsonage hotel, but resident Huw Edwards said the change caused danger to locals.

Mr Edwards said: “Now pensioners and schoolchildren have to run the gauntlet of the A19 to catch a bus into York with no crossing, exposing the most vulnerable in our society to death by car.

“Despite the parish council asking for a more sensible approach, Arriva have done nothing to remedy the situation, even though there are ample alternative sites in the village which would create a safe environment for our vulnerable residents.”

Vicky Cumberland, clerk of Escrick Parish Council, said: “It’s very dangerous where the bus stop outside the church is.

“We want the bus to come back through the village, as it did for years and years.

“We have a perfectly good bus shelter in the village and the road is marked out so cars don’t park there, but Arriva aren’t coming in.”

Last year, teenager Rosie Jean Missett was killed while crossing the A19 at Deighton, close to Escrick, after getting off a bus, and Mr Edwards said changes should be made to avoid further similar accidents.

Mr Edwards said: “Believe me, you need to be pretty sharp to get across the road in one piece.

“My children don’t attend Fulford yet, but when they do, I will live in fear of them being knocked over on the A19 if the current system persists.”

Nigel Featham, managing director for Arriva Yorkshire, said the decision to stop using the shelter in Main Street, Escrick, was made in 2011 after funding changes from the county council.

He said: “There were very few passengers boarding at this stop and we needed to make sure our services were running as efficiently as possible in order to provide a sustainable bus service.

“The more direct route to York and Selby has proved popular with customers, we will of course continue to monitor the situation, however we have no plans to change the route at present.”

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9:06am Tue 5 Feb 13

myselby says...

I am really surprised and shocked that Escrick has a bus route, thought that they all had Chelsea tractors as busses were for common people- would have thought they would have wanted the bus shelter in down at heal places like Riccall or Cawood
I am really surprised and shocked that Escrick has a bus route, thought that they all had Chelsea tractors as busses were for common people- would have thought they would have wanted the bus shelter in down at heal places like Riccall or Cawood myselby

11:05am Tue 5 Feb 13

charliewalker says...

What I don't understand is why don't they just send the 415 through the main village and the 416 via the main road.

They wanted the 416 to be a quicker run of the 415 afterall so why not kill 2 birds with one stone!
What I don't understand is why don't they just send the 415 through the main village and the 416 via the main road. They wanted the 416 to be a quicker run of the 415 afterall so why not kill 2 birds with one stone! charliewalker

1:21pm Tue 5 Feb 13

selbyperson says...

it is funny how these villagers want the bus to their doorstep. People who live in Selby who want to get the bus to York have to walk all the way from their homes to the bus station, crossing all sorts of busy roads on the way. I would much prefer it if the York bus took a detour down my street to save me the walk
it is funny how these villagers want the bus to their doorstep. People who live in Selby who want to get the bus to York have to walk all the way from their homes to the bus station, crossing all sorts of busy roads on the way. I would much prefer it if the York bus took a detour down my street to save me the walk selbyperson

2:13pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Stevie D says...

When the bus did use to run down Main Street, more often than not no-one got on or off at the Main Street stop, and most passengers used the stop at the church even then. So the bus was coming off the main road, going through the village and then waiting for ages to get back onto the main road (especially heading towards York), adding up to 5 minutes to everyone's journey time, frequently for no-one at all's benefit.

If the parish council are that bothered, maybe they can try to raise the money for a pelican crossing, which would also benefit residents walking to the surgery and church ... maybe they should ask the handful of people who did use to use the Main Street stop to pay for it, seeing as everyone else was quite happy to cross the A19 even when they didn't have to.
When the bus did use to run down Main Street, more often than not no-one got on or off at the Main Street stop, and most passengers used the stop at the church even then. So the bus was coming off the main road, going through the village and then waiting for ages to get back onto the main road (especially heading towards York), adding up to 5 minutes to everyone's journey time, frequently for [italic]no-one at all[/italic]'s benefit. If the parish council are that bothered, maybe they can try to raise the money for a pelican crossing, which would also benefit residents walking to the surgery and church ... maybe they should ask the handful of people who [italic]did[/italic] use to use the Main Street stop to pay for it, seeing as everyone else was quite happy to cross the A19 even when they didn't have to. Stevie D

6:54pm Tue 5 Feb 13

clivevillas says...

It is with a wry smile that I read about the bus problems at Escrick. 20 years ago the bus route at Riccall was changed to exclude the diversion along the route of the old by-pass. As a resident, this meant that my young children had to cross the busy road to reach the Primary school in the village and my (then) 70 year old mother in law had to cross the main A19 and walk 20 minutes to the bus stop. The reasons given by the bus company were identical to those used now in Escrick. The residents had a meeting at the council and at the time I warned that this would spread to other places such as Escrick. I was quoted at the time in local papers, contacted our MP, local councillors etc but to no avail. Of course no one outside this area was interested then. Perhaps others should take note of what is happening in Escrick now. Perhaps people will now realise the need to fight for the public amenities of others as well as our own interests because next time it may be us.
It is with a wry smile that I read about the bus problems at Escrick. 20 years ago the bus route at Riccall was changed to exclude the diversion along the route of the old by-pass. As a resident, this meant that my young children had to cross the busy road to reach the Primary school in the village and my (then) 70 year old mother in law had to cross the main A19 and walk 20 minutes to the bus stop. The reasons given by the bus company were identical to those used now in Escrick. The residents had a meeting at the council and at the time I warned that this would spread to other places such as Escrick. I was quoted at the time in local papers, contacted our MP, local councillors etc but to no avail. Of course no one outside this area was interested then. Perhaps others should take note of what is happening in Escrick now. Perhaps people will now realise the need to fight for the public amenities of others as well as our own interests because next time it may be us. clivevillas

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