News - Bus Shelter Request Muscliffe Lane

NEW - Monday, 10th November 2014 // UPDATED - Wednesday, 26th November 2014 // UPDATED - Friday, 5th December 2014
UPDATED - Thursday, 8th January 2015 // UPDATED - Thursday, 29th January 2015

UPDATED - Thursday, 29th January 2015

Email Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
28th January 2015
RE: Bus Service in Muscliff, Muscliffe Lane via Shillingstone Drive.

Richard.

Your reply has not answered my question, have you sought the view of the bus company and experience of the bus users, seems Muscliff is not being given any sort of local priority.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Email Reply from Richard Barnes, Public Transport Officer, Bournemouth Council
28th January 2015
RE: Bus Service in Muscliff, Muscliffe Lane via Shillingstone Drive.

Councillor Whittaker

I acknowledge the will for this to be progressed.

The response you received to the Council question answered the points you raised. I am involved in arranging the replacement of over 50 new bus shelters which have to be delivered by the end of March. The response to your question mentioned that other requests would be unable to be specifically auctioned until the shelters as part of the transport projects are delivered.

Thank You,
Richard Barnes,
Public Transport Officer, Bournemouth Council

Email from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Richard Barnes, Public Transport Officer, Bournemouth Council
25th January 2015
Bus shelter, Muscliffe lane opposite Granby Road

Richard.

Yes further to our emails and my question in the panel and the feature in the echo on my request and that of residents for this bus shelter, in the bus lay by, once again on behalf of my residents am asking again that as this is a well used stop and yes a lay-by that this request is given some priority. Have you sought the view of the bus company and the waiting experience of the bus using public, as mentioned in the reply to my question.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

UPDATED - Thursday, 8th January 2015

Email Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
7th January 2015
RE: Bus Service in Muscliff, Muscliffe Lane via Shillingstone Drive.

Richard,

Thank you so really nothing is going to happen in the distance future, the location is COX CLOSE where we have shrubbery abutting the access into the close, and a bus lay-by, does not affect Cox Ave. Think it would help if the site was looked at.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Email Reply from Richard Barnes, Public Transport Officer, Bournemouth Council
6th January 2015
RE: Bus Service in Muscliff, Muscliffe Lane via Shillingstone Drive.

Cllr Whittaker

As stated in the response to the Council question - I am unable to give a guarantee of provision of a shelter by the end of March. Accordingly your ward funds will be better directed elsewhere.

As any suitable shelters become available from sites where new shelters are being provided, I will try to find them homes based on the list of historic requests. The focus does though have to be on delivering the shelters linked to the bids as otherwise the council loses the funding. Any cost of re-locating existing shelters is likely to be covered by the project funds. Where the Council intends to place a new shelter we do have an obligation to consult. In this location this would be needed for the property bordering which looks like it is Cox Avenue. If there is an objection then I would need to seek your view and that of the other ward Councillors. I trust that if necessary the provision of any new shelter will be supported.

Richard Barnes,
Public Transport Officer, Bournemouth Council

Email from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Richard Barnes, Public Transport Officer, Bournemouth Council
4th January 2015
Bus shelters Muscliffe Road / Granby Road junction.

Richard.

Can you please let me and the residents know if you have any such plans for the erection of a bus shelter at the location requested, my offer of financial help stands but unless a firm commitment from the council then will have to direct my fund elsewhere.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

UPDATED - Friday, 5th December 2014

Questions to the Cabinet Member for Transport, Cleansing and Waste from Councillor Whittaker:

Bus Shelters

As the cabinet member you will have received previous correspondence and representations from residents who have requested a bus shelter adjacent to the bus-lay-by opposite Granby road, and my offer to help from my own Local Improvemnet Fund toward costs. I understand a list exists for such requests but so far I have been unable to secure any answers here. With the amount of monies being spent on traffic calming / cycle ways, surely in the North of the Borough a need exist for my request.

Response

This question refers to correspondence and representations requesting a bus shelter in Muscliffe Lane. The Council’s Passenger Transport Unit (PTU) is not aware of any requests from residents requesting a bus shelter in this location. The first request came directly from Councillor Whittaker on Saturday 8 November 2014.

The Passenger Transport Manager responded to Councillor Whittaker on Wednesday 12 November. He explained that currently both the resource of Council staff and our shelter provider are fully committed to delivering the shelter renewal programme as part of the Three Towns Travel and Better Buses projects. These shelters need to be delivered by the end of March 2015 or the funding will be at risk.

The Passenger Transport Unit receives frequent requests for new or replacement bus shelters and there are already 19 specific shelter requests on a list that pre-date this request for Muscliffe Lane. Due to the re-procurement of the shelter contract and the renewal programme of around 50 shelters as part of Three Towns Travel and Better Buses projects, these shelters have not yet received attention. As the shelter renewal programme progresses, it is part of our strategy to relocate shelters that are identified as suitable to priority sites.

Councillors will inevitably lobby hardest to benefit residents of their wards therefore in order to be fair and consistent, the Passenger Transport Team determine priority as follows. First priority is given to sites where an existing shelter has been damaged or destroyed (this is often as a result of a road traffic accident). At sites where a shelter has not previously been provided the views of the bus companies are sought; the waiting experience of the bus using public is important to them and they will consider and advise on the utilisation of the bus stop relative to other sites. A site survey and consideration of pedestrians, motorists and other practical considerations will also be required.

When the Three Towns Travel and Better Buses shelter renewal programmes have been delivered, the outstanding requests will be evaluated as described above. The number placed will be dependent on the budget available in the next financial year, members may be interested to know that the supply and installation of a brand new shelter will cost a minimum of £10,000 and this cost will of course double if a shelter is required for the opposite carriage way.

UPDATED - Wednesday, 26th November 2014

Email from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Tom Hancock, Democratic and Member Support Office, Bournemouth Council
25th November 2014
RE: Bus Service in Muscliff, Muscliffe Lane via Shillingstone Drive.

Tom would like to ask the cabinet member Cllr Filer the following question regarding bus shelters.

As the cabinet member is aware from my email and representations from residents who have requested a bus shelter adjacent to the bus lay-bye opposite Granby Road, and my offer to help from my own Local Improvement Fund toward costs, but it seems from what replies I have received from David Harrop. And I understand a list exists for such request by so far unable to secure any answers here, with the amount of monies being spent on traffic calming / cycle ways, surely in North of the Borough a need exists for my request.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Email Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
19th November 2014
RE: Bus Service in Muscliff, Muscliffe Lane via Shillingstone Drive.

David

Ok but cannot hold my offer as am having many calls for help, if it does not help in securing such then it will have to go towards issue within the Stour area, will await to hear once Richard is back.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Email Reply from David Harrop, Passenger Transport Manager, Passenger Transport Unit, Bournemouth Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
19th November 2014
RE: Bus Service in Muscliff, Muscliffe Lane via Shillingstone Drive.

Dear Councillor Whittaker

I understand that Richard maintains a list of bus stop sites which require attention; either requests for the repair / replacement of shelters or requests for the provision of shelters at sites where there have not previously been shelters. Unfortunately, I am not privy to this in his absence and so cannot confirm where your request sits in the list of priorities, you can be certain that as a result of your representation to me it will be added to the list (if it is not already there) on Richard's return from leave. I will also note the potential availability of some Local Improvement Fund funding. Please note that inclusion on the list does not in itself guarantee that shelters will be supplied to any particular site.

At this stage, I really cannot provide definitive information about the likelihood of bus shelters at the Muscliffe / Granby Road site, however Richard returns from leave at the end of next week and so I will let you know after I have discussed it with him week commencing 30/11.

David Harrop
Passenger Transport Manager, Passenger Transport Unit, Bournemouth Council

NEW - Monday, 10th November 2014

Email from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Richard Barnes, Public Transport Officer, Bournemouth Council
8th November 2014
Bus Service in Muscliff, Muscliffe Lane via Shillingstone Drive.

Richard,

Reading Saturdays feature regarding the investment being made for new Bus Shelters in both Poole and Bournemouth, report refers to key routes.

My request comes from many residents who catch the bus at the location of Muscliffe lane / Granby road junction and OPPOSITE side of road for a bus shelter. Residents are not asking for new shelter but a shelter that might be surplus. Both these locations have a number of daily residents waiting to catch the service either way, so please can my request be given urgent consideration.

Councillor Ron Whittaker