Signal trouble for Leeds bus passengers after scaffolding cover goes up

Bus passengers travelling at Sainsbury’s in Leeds fear the signal could be taken out as scaffolding covers the canopy of the Arndale Centre Bus passengers on the Sainsbury’s route 7 at Leeds fear the…

Signal trouble for Leeds bus passengers after scaffolding cover goes up

Bus passengers travelling at Sainsbury’s in Leeds fear the signal could be taken out as scaffolding covers the canopy of the Arndale Centre

Bus passengers on the Sainsbury’s route 7 at Leeds fear the signal could be taken out as scaffolding covers the canopy of the Arndale Centre.

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Dan Lewis, 33, said: “Even if a bus was going fast the lights still mean something. It’s totally confusing.”

Essex Bus Networks said the scaffolding was part of an ongoing infrastructure project to make the Arndale Centre safer for shoppers.

“As part of this scheme, one of the steel mesh supports on the canopy has been taken out. It is almost perfectly safe for staff to get inside and the scaffolding would not stop anyone who wishes to get to and from work. We appreciate that this scheme may cause some disruption, but we hope it is something that people will accept,” a spokesman said.

Lewis has since taken to social media to raise his concerns and has had an apology from Essex Bus.

He said: “I’m glad that Essex buses have apologised, but, what a relief it is to get a response!

“There are a lot of footfall holidays for buses in Leeds this time of year. During times of construction there is very limited space available. I also think Essex buses are asking for extra bus travel because they have responded with such a speedy response. This gives bus drivers and passengers alike some reassurance about the scheme. It is a great morale booster.

“Thankfully, there is a good bit of control on the bus as we travel along South Meadow and beyond. I find that some sections of the canopy are loose from the pole to where we can physically pull it on. Thankfully, we stopped before we were nearly caught out.

“But that is only going to happen if there is no evidence that the signals are working.”

Clark Evans, 53, who also takes the route 7, said: “There are bits of scaffolding going in and out of the new shopping centre and I’m not being paranoid to think there is a possibility it might be an excuse to remove the lights.

“Apart from stopping pedestrians in their tracks, there isn’t a huge amount you can do about any ‘eye of the storm’ covering.”

He said all it took was a 2.5mph bump for him to lose his train of thought on the green light and head straight down the road.

Essex Bus said it will keep commuters informed of any delays to the scheme.

“As a company, we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the scaffolding and appreciate that disruption to the route can be frustrating for our customers. Essex has been quick to respond to our concerns and is ensuring our customers have access to vital information to deal with any unforeseen delays,” the spokesman said.

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