Bus fumes

Central Leader - - Letters -

My fam­ily re­cently had lunch at a cof­fee shop on the main street at St He­liers.

Dur­ing this time buses stopped di­rectly out­side our cafe ev­ery 10 min­utes and we en­dured a con­stant whiff of fumes and the noise of diesel en­gines. This was not only un­pleas­ant and un­healthy for those in the cafe‚ but also for peo­ple walk­ing along the street.

It would be more sen­si­ble to place the bus stop ei­ther be­fore or af­ter the shop­ping area and this would in­volve only a short walk from the shops for com­muters.

The slight in­con­ve­nience of walk­ing a short dis­tance to the new bus stop would far out­weigh the health haz­ard that shop­pers and din­ers, and par­tic­u­larly young chil­dren, are faced with.

We did write to the coun­cil but it be­lieved noth­ing could be done be­cause it would in­volve con­sid­er­able ex­pense and re­quire sig­nif­i­cant re­or­gan­is­ing of the bus routes.

I can­not un­der­stand why it would be ex­pen­sive or dif­fi­cult to move a bus stop to a more suit­able po­si­tion along the road for the health ben­e­fits of those who en­joy the wa­ter­front. AN­NETTE PERJANIK

Mt Roskill

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