The objections to a permanent Bus Gate on Cumberland Road have been unsuccessful. John Smith (Interim Executive Director: Growth & Regeneration) has told us: ‘After careful consideration I decided to proceed with making the Orders as advertised.’
Reasons against the Bus Gate included:
- The M2 MetroBus does not run frequent enough and is never full and therefore does not
require a bus gate to the detriment of the many other road users.
- It will force local residents and other motorists to increase the distances travelled by car
around the city, through already congested areas, increasing car mileage, traffic volumes and
emissions/air quality. In particular on Coronation Road, which is already heavily trafficked
compared to Cumberland Road.
Smith’s reasons are somewhat general in nature: ‘In making this decision I considered that the scheme would achieve elements of the wider transport policy aspirations of the City Council’s overall transport strategy, as set out in the Joint Local Transport Plan 2020-2036.’ Driving from the west the only route available to Bathurst Basin residents will continue to be along Coronation Road.
Read our original post on this traffic order.