Eastbourne bus stop hold-ups have been going on for years

From: Stephen Kittoe, Southbourne Road, Eastbourne

Thursday, 6th January 2022, 2:35 pm

I refer to India Wentworth’s article in The Herald of December 24 on ‘Big Traffic Hold-ups’ At Bus Stops click here to read. I have the following comments thereon:

1. The inverted commas in the headline suggest the hold-ups might not be big; they mostly definitely are and have been for years;

2. These hold-ups substantially worsen the already grim pollution along Seaside;

Buses stopping at the bus stop outside the Alexandra Arms on Seaside are causing traffic congestion (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-211223-102454008

3. The bus “build outs” along Seaside, which have been there for a long time, should be replaced by conventional bays for buses, no matter what waffle East Sussex County Council and Stagecoach spout;

4. India’s article describes a typical “dead hand of government” notion, in this case, that the build outs will encourage bus use.

They will not. What might is a decent bus, a decent service and an enticing price, an idea nearly as unlikely that the bus build-outs are a good thing.