Bus Users calls for consultation on Blackett Street bus ban

Bus Users calls for consultation on Blackett Street bus ban

Bus Users UK is calling for a full consultation on plans to ban buses from Newcastle’s Blackett Street following a poll of local passengers.

Of those spoken to, 58% were against pedestrianisation believing the plans would have a negative impact on their journeys into the City. Feelings were particularly strong among those with medical conditions or mobility issues who were unsure whether they would be able to travel into the City centre at all if the closure went ahead.

And while some passengers, 11%, were actually in favour of the proposals, in the majority of cases they were either able and willing to walk into the centre from an alternative stop or they felt the closure would have no impact on their journey whatsoever.

Most worrying of all, however, was the fact that 76% of passengers had no idea the proposals had even been made with the remaining 34% only aware through speaking to Bus Users’ staff and other passengers on the day.

Director of Bus Users England, Dawn Badminton-Capps said: “Closing Blackett Street will have a major impact on people’s lives and livelihoods, reducing access to shops and businesses and forcing traffic onto already heavily congested surrounding roads. Newcastle City Council needs to launch a full consultation so it can properly assess the potential impact of these proposals before any further action is taken.”

Passengers, residents and local business can contact Bus Users UK on 0300 111 0001 email enquiries@bususers.org to have their say

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