Concerns over Leen bridge bus safety

NHUD12-1778-1''Bulwell's River Leen
NHUD12-1778-1''Bulwell's River Leen

Safety concerns have been raised over Bulwell’s River Leen bridge being used by bigger buses.

The problem involves Nottingham City Transport’s No 79 bus service from Top Valley to the Morrisons superstore off Hucknall Lane because buses on the service have been changed from single to double-decker.

The bigger buses cannot get to a stop outside the superstore because there are worries about them having to cross a small bridge over the River Leen.

The problem was raised at a meeting of Bestwood St Alban’s Parish Council after complaints that pensioners and other people are struggling to now carry shopping over a busy Bulwell road.

The council chairman, Coun Denis Beeston, said:

“This is posing problems for Morrisons customers getting to the nearest bus stop as they leave the store, sometimes loaded up with shopping.

“What is holding things up is a wait for Nottingham City Council to carry out a stress assessment on the bridge for health and safety reasons.

“Discussions have taken place between the City Council, City Transport and Morrisons but it seems no progress has been made so far. I am worried about it.”

A Morrisons spokeswoman said: “While we are obviously concerned about the safety of our customers, bus services are out of our control.”

A Nottingham City Council spokesman said: “We are satisfied that the bridge is strong enough for a double decker bus but some modifications are needed to the kerb layout to ensure that larger buses can cross easily and safely.

“We are endeavouring to carry this out as soon as possible in the forthcoming weeks and are liaising with Morrisons to ensure it is done with as little disruption to customers as possible,” added the spokesman.