Parking makes life difficult for school buses
REGARDS the yellow lines in Park Crescent.
I have been following your reports regarding the yellow lines that have been painted in Park Crescent opposite the exit from Deacon’s Academy.
Perhaps councillors Peach and Lowndes are not aware of the difficulty that coaches have in trying to exit the academy. This has been a problem since the academy opened.
Most of the school buses/ coaches that use this exit are 12 metres in length. The positioning of the exit gate so close to the footpath means that drivers have to clear the gate with the rear of the coach before turning, hence the coaches reach 12 metres out into Park Crescent before they can turn. If cars are parked opposite the gate the coach has to shunt backwards and forwards to enable them to turn, This can be a dangerous manoeuvre with children passing behind.
The exit gate should have been built further back from the footpath with yellow lines in a hatched area either side of the exit. This would have allowed coaches to turn left or right upon exit without difficulties and not encroach on parking spaces for users of Central Park.
When the academy was built I very much doubt if any consultations were done with local bus and coach companies regarding the entrances and exits. There are also problems within the academy grounds for coaches to manoeuvre.