Proposals for the redesign of Hanleys road network have now been published as part of the plans (51668/res) for the new bus station. The proposals are still at a very early stage and may change during the forthcoming consultations, the proposals are only intended to show that the new access along Bagnall St and exit along Bethesda St are feasable access points.
I asked Cabinet members about public safety along Trinity Street during the evening as currently it is closed to traffic after 9pm, I’ve been informed outbound services are likely to re-route along Marsh Street North and will not therefore be able to pick up in Stafford Street and inbound services will probably use Potteries Way to Bethesda Street and will not be able to set down in Stafford Street.
Approximate timescales will be:
February 2011 – July 2011
· Preliminary design work for bus re-routing
March 2011 – July 2011
· Informal stakeholder consultation on preliminary design proposals
· Cabinet Report and approval to proceed
September 2011 – November 2011
· Advertising TROs and formal consultation with stakeholders
· Report on objections and approval to construct
January 2012 – March 2012
· Detailed design work for bus rerouting
March 2012 – September 2012
· Construction of highway alterations and relocation of bus stops
· Introduction of new routes
To me the routes greatly favour the south of Hanley and the New Tesco store, possible to detriment to the northern section, anyone with thoughts and questions should ask your local councillor, contact the council officer Phil Murphy 01782 232129 (ASAP 15th March Planning decision made) or just comment below and they can be passed on to the Cabinet member.
UPDATE from the Development Control meeting 16th which agreed reserved matters
In response to my objection
Members were informed of an additional objection received requesting for a planning condition to be imposed recommending that no works should begin until all necessary Traffic Regulation Orders and funding arrangement were in place.
It was considered that a planning condition to this effect would be unnecessary given that the Traffic Regulation order would be dealt with under the ‘Road Traffic Regulation 1984’ with consultation to be carried out in accordance with ‘The Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996. The development phasing would allow for this process to be carried out fully also allowing for any necessary amendments to bus routing to be made without compromising access to the bus station.
Further information on what highway changes are proposed proposed can be read here
As referenced within the s.106 obligation, all access and egress to the bus station (except coaches) will be taken from John Street with all inbound buses travelling along Bagnall Street past the front of the Victoria Hall. This will require the existing northbound only one way system on Bagnall Street to be changed to southbound only by way of a revised traffic order. This will also require alterations to existing signage and road markings to tie in with these directional changes and must ensure that vehicular access and egress to Adventure Place is ensured. It also represents a major increase in vehicle movements (approx. 130 buses per hour) along both Bagnall Street past the front of the Victoria Hall and Pall Mall past the Regent Theatre.
There are also numerous existing parking areas, taxi bays, loading bays, bus lanes, bus stops and shelters, road markings and signage, cycle and pedestrian routes, etc that will require removal and / or alteration as a consequence of these proposals as and when all inbound and outbound routes have been agreed.