Temporary bus stop causes Eastbourne confusion

The temporary bus stop in Cornfield Road
The temporary bus stop in Cornfield Road

Several town centre business have been left confused after a busy loading bay is replaced by a temporary bus stop.

The loading bay on Cornfield Road has long been the main loading bay for shops on the road as well as several nearby businesses on Terminus Road.

But ongoing work to the Arndale centre has seen the bay replaced by a bus stop, leaving little room to unload goods on the busy road.

“When it’s at its worse it’s utter hilarity, it’s like the Benny Hill show.” said Brian Whitlock, manager of W H Smith.

He continued,“It wouldn’t have been a problem if we had been told about it before.

“The first I heard about it was when a delivery driver came in and told me there was no loading bay there.

“I thought we would have been consulted before the changes came through.”

Brian says he agrees more buses coming into the area are a good thing but hoped there would be more communication about the changes to the busy town centre road.

The W H Smiths on Terminus road has several deliveries of large pallets each week, which come on a articulated lorries – requiring more room than the other nearby bays to unload comfortably.

Currently the shop unloading its goods from a smaller loading bay off Cornfield road but the lorry’s size makes it a difficult fit for the drivers.

“It’s not frustration, it’s confusion”, said Brian.

“The council do a lot of good things here so I don’t want to be criticising them, but I don’t think they thought it through when they moved the bus stop there.

A spokesperson for East Sussex County Council said,“The bus stop had to be moved to allow work to the front of the Arndale Centre to be safely carried out by its owners.

“It is important that the bus stop remains as close to its original position as possible to allow easy access for people who rely upon the service.”

They continued, “While we appreciate that the suspension of a loading bay may cause some inconvenience, there are two other loading bays available in Cornfield Road.”

The initial stages of the £2 million building project in the Town Centre are expected to continue until Christmas.

The majority of the work on the 170,000 sq ft Arndale extension is due to start next year, including a new cinema.

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