Blackett Street closure: what did you think?

Blackett Street closure: what did you think?

Bus Users UK is asking people in Newcastle for their feedback on the Blackett Street closures during this summer’s Great Exhibition of the North.

A number of events were staged on and around the street and while some shops and businesses reported an increase in footfall, the main bus operator in the area, Stagecoach North East, saw a 16% fall in passenger numbers compared to the same period in 2017.

Newcastle City Council has previously announced plans to ban buses from the street permanently, and Bus Users UK is keen to ensure that anyone affected by the summer closures has their say. Earlier this month, the charity conducted its own face-to-face interviews with people to find out what they thought of the closures, with 59% saying they did not want to see a permanent ban on buses in Blackett Street.

Dawn Badminton-Capps, Director of Bus Users England, said: “During the temporary closures, some people told us they had to walk farther to catch the bus which can be a real problem for someone with mobility issues. One bus passenger actually felt unsafe using the alternative bus stops and many people reported an increase in traffic and congestion on surrounding roads.

“While events in the area will no doubt have attracted people to the shops and businesses along Blackett Street, a permanent bus ban will see a fall in customer numbers and force buses to use already congested routes outside of the city centre.”

Anyone wishing to have their say on the summer closures can contact Bus Users UK on 0300 111 0001 enquiries@bususers.org

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