Downham residents win bus stop fight

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Traders and councillors have won their fight to have a bus stop moved following concerns about passenger safety.

Downham residents have been calling for some time to have the bus stop in Bridge Street moved after a series of accidents.

At least eight people have banged their heads or needed stitches after falling over the raised pavements around the bus stop, which was installed two years ago.

But now Norfolk County Council has finally agreed to move the bus stop into the nearby Hollies Car Park, following an agreement in principle from Downham Town Council last week.

One of the people behind the campaign to move the stop was Tony White, the county councillor for the area.

He said: “I am pleased to see progress being made.

“Everyone in the town says it is a good idea. It has taken 14 months but we have had a lot of hoops to jump through.

“This is going to make the area safer for shoppers and passengers.”

Mr White had run a survey in the town and received just 14 objections to the plan.

Problems have been occurring as people from the supermarket archway meet up with passengers.

The news has been welcomed by traders in the area.

Staff at Mr Bee’s have been picking up people who have fallen over the pavement two to three times a month.

One man fell from his mobility buggy into the path of an oncoming car, which luckily did not hit him.

The photographic shop’s Tony Bridger said: “From a safety point of view and for the free movement of people on the pathway it is a good thing.

“We have seen an awful lot of incidents which have been life changing for the people concerned.

“We have seen older people lose their confidence to come out after suffering heavy falls.”

No date has been set for when the work will take place to move the bus stop.

A county council spokesman said: “Following local feedback we are looking to relocate the bus stop on Bridge St to The Hollies car park.

“The car park is owned by Downham Market Town Council and so any works that are done here need to be with their full approval.

“After considering our request at the recent town council meeting the town council have agreed in principle that a new bus stop can be provided in the car park, and have requested that a bus shelter is provided.

“The next step is to work with the town council to agree the details of the scheme.

“At this stage it is not possible to say when the new stop could be provided however we have been working closely with the town council, local county councillor and the bus operator and will continue to do so to take this project forward.”

The county council has increased the size of the current pavement.

As a result of this car parking spaces will be released in front of the town’s Barclay’s Bank branch.