Order Relaxation?

A “sudden surge” in passenger numbers seems likely to result in a relaxation of the 1997 traffic order that restricts buses using Stroud town centre to just 33 seats.

The order was designed to keep bigger buses out of London Road at the time when there were concerns about fumes and congestion. It dates back to 1997 when the bus station was reopened. At the bus station’s closure in 1992, buses had been using on-street stops. This arrangement, though introduced for good reason, had never seen widespread approval from the people of Stroud.  The idea behind the order was therefore to restrict town centre access to local services only.

These local buses are principally operated by Cotswold Green whose services have enjoyed a 25 per cent increase in the last 12 months, partly as a result of changing school catchments. Cotswold Green is said to struggle to meet demand with its smaller buses, without passengers standing, and wishes to use 40-43 seaters.

The order is subject to a sixth month trial and consultations.

It’s rather ironic that modern DDA compliant easy access single decks seating some 33 passengers are almost as long as traditional 10m double decks that the order bans.

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