Bus stop congestion is driving Sheffield residents barmy

Mick Garside at the bus stop at Loxley Road he claims causes traffic to back up
Mick Garside at the bus stop at Loxley Road he claims causes traffic to back up
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RESIDENTS have been left frustrated by delays to a project to build a bus bay which will alleviate congestion at a busy Sheffield road junction.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive is funding the development next to Malin Bridge tram terminus, for the Supertram Link 2 feeder bus which connects the tram with Stannington.

Currently, the bus waits at the side of the road, blocking one of the lanes on the one-way system through the area.

Residents complained a year ago asking for a bay to be built so the buses could pull in, keeping the road clear.

Mick Garside, an electrical engineer who lives on Loxley Road, said: “Everyone is absolutely sick of the situation.

“People in their cars become completely stuck at the side of the bus and have to park on the pavement to allow for some flow past the buses.

“How does it take to build a lay-by for a small bus?

“People will go barmy if it takes any longer.”

Mr Garside, aged 59, complained to Hallam MP Nick Clegg last year.

The Deputy Prime Minister wrote to Supertram operator Stagecoach on residents’ behalf. But work on the bus bay has still not started.

A South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive spokesman said: “The Malin Bridge scheme will still be going ahead. It was dependent on receiving funding, which we did in June in relation to a bid to build a terminus point for the SL2 tram feeder bus.

“Sheffield Council is currently looking at different options for where this terminus will be, with a view to starting work by the end of 2013.

“The terminus will be near the tram and will not disrupt the flow of traffic.”