My home is a bus stop

Seeing yellow: Ivan Souter, of Thorpe Green, Waterthorpe, and the bus stop markings outside his home.
Seeing yellow: Ivan Souter, of Thorpe Green, Waterthorpe, and the bus stop markings outside his home.
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A Sheffield grandad is seeing red – after yellow markings for a bigger bus stop were painted slap-bang at the bottom of his drive.

Retired caretaker Ivor Souter claims council contractors have made him a prisoner in his own home since extending the markings to take in the entire entrance to his bungalow.

The 66-year-old made the shock discovery on returning from a hospital visit.

The yellow lines had almost doubled in size right outside his gates in Waterthorpe.

“I go to the hospital, I come back, and they’ve done it,” he fumed.

“It’s absolutely barmy. I’ve no idea why they’ve done it. There was no consultation.”

With the number 120 and other busy bus services running along Thorpe Green regularly, it has made access in and out of his drive almost impossible, he says.

Ivor, who has lived in his property with wife Deborah for three years, said: “I can’t get in and out of my drive, I couldn’t have a skip there if I needed one – they’ve extended the bus stop right past my dropped kerb.

“It’s making me a prisoner in my own home.

“This road is a major artery to Crystal Peaks shopping centre, so I must have buses coming and going every 10 minutes. Then there’s the other routes which also stop here. There are at least 20-odd buses going past every hour.”

Special bumpy ‘tactile’ paving, used to help people with disabilities, has also been switched from the other side of the stop, meaning the passenger pick-up point now sits squarely at front of Ivor’s home.

And with Streets Ahead work to resurface roads in the area scheduled for June anyway, Ivor says Sheffield Council is wasting taxpayers’ cash.

Ivor has lodged a formal complaint with contractors Amey, responsible for the city’s highways.

But a spokesman for Sheffield Council said: “This is part of an £18 million Better Bus programme over the next five years. At the end of the day this is a public highway and major route into the city. More than 20 per cent of passengers use this service.

“This is part of a package of measures to make buses better and safer in the city, and includes making buses wheelchair and pram friendly.

“This may mean moving some bus stops, but there has been a huge amount of consultation with residents and bus users in this area.”