Bus change endangers shoppers

Nottingham City Transport's number 79 bus.
Nottingham City Transport's number 79 bus.

Shoppers at Morrisons in Bulwell have been endangered by changes to the number 79 bus service, Warren Action Group (WAG) were toid.

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) changed the service in March 2012 from single to double-decker buses which WAG members claim cannot get across a small bridge over the River Leen, leading to a bus stop outside the superstore.

As a result, passengers for the 79 have to walk across the busy Hucknall Lane to reach a bus stop there. Bestwood parish council chairman Coun Denis Beeston said he felt sorry for pensioners struggling across the road laden with shopping.

An NCT spokesman said the bridge was not a problem but the road layout within the store’s complex is too tight to accommodate double deck buses: “We have explained on a number of occasions that we will return these buses to the stop inside the Morrisons site once necessary changes are made to the road layout. We believe Nottingham City Council are now finally commissioning these works.”

He said stops outside Morrisons are accessible by using the traffic controlled junction and the L11 has continued to serve the Morrisons site.