Bethesda street is a danger zone

Stoke on Trent City Council Introduced acces restrictions in Jabuary/February 2012on Bethesda Street (from John Street to Albion Street)No motor vehicles except for:

– Permit holders at any time

– Buses and hackney carriages at any time

– Access to off-street premises at any time

Reason : To allow bus stops to be located outside the Potteries Museum and to allow the road to operate as one of the main bus routes from the new bus station


On a recent visit to Hanley local Resident Steven Mallam discover little if any enforcement mere meters from the Police Station, and has contacted Cllr Pervez for Cllr Meredith for a comment, will update as soon as they reply to Steven

Letter

Dear Sir,
May I please bring to your attention a matter of concern and a matter of great importance to the safety of people visiting Hanley?
I refer to the new road layout you the council have installed leading to the new bus station being operational. Bethesda street as you will all be aware has been changed to a one way street buses only from its junction with John street past the museum.
As clearly demonstrated by the signed installed by the council.
Yesterday Friday 25th May 2012 between 12.00pm and 12.30pm I spent the whole 30 minutes in Bethesda street with my camera taking photographs after being informed by a fellow disabled driver that this road was now a danger to anyone crossing the road.
I took these photographs in the stated 30 minutes.


Every one of the vehicles has chosen to ignore your signs stated buses only. This is all taking place within sight of the main police station at one point by the road sign no more than 50 meters from the police station main front door.
Can you please explain to me why this is being allowed to happen and what measures are in police to police these new road restrictions to prevent this from happening? If nothing is done to prevent this, this same action will be taking place along with all the buses using this road.
Yours,
Mr S Malam

UPDATE

Dear Mr Malam,

I will look into this for you. 

Regards
Pervez

Dear Mr Malam

Thank you for your email and photographs.

We are aware that there has been a degree of non-observation of the signing in Bethesda Street which restrict access outside the Potteries Museum and have asked the police to enforce the restrictions. The enforcement of this type of moving traffic offence is one for the police rather than the Council until the Department for Transport make the appropriate changes to legislation as they have done for bus lanes. As you will be aware, the police resources for such matter is likely to be extremely limited as their remit extends over issues which could be considered to be of much greater importance to the general public.

That is not to condone law-breaking by drivers, but a simple recognition that all public services have to prioritise their work. Many drivers complain that the police persecute drivers when they should be out “catching criminals”. That is not a view that I would condone as we put all traffic restrictions in place to ensure the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians and not observing restrictions like this can cause a danger if pedestrians are expecting little or no traffic in an area. I would observe, however, that pedestrians should always use caution when crossing roads, even in a traffic restricted area.

As you have pointed out, the signing is correct and it is either drivers not seeing the signs or not understanding what they mean or choosing to ignore them. We are putting up- additional signing this week to reinforce the new signs and I have asked the police to enforce the Order by issuing fixed penalty notices (which also come with points on driving licences). In the absence of a transfer of enforcement powers from the police to the Council, I am not sure there is any more that the Council can do if drivers persistently disregard the legal signs.

Please email me again if you wish to make any further observations on this matter.

Regards

The Police cant enforce if they are unaware of the restrictions in place

as this Police Officer clearly is

Public Notices

Posted Thursday 14th June

City of Stoke-on-Trent (Traffic Regulation) (Hanley Bus Re-Routing – Pedestrianisation Area) (No.20) Order 2012, Amendment (No.1), 2012 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Council of the City of Stoke-on-Trent propose to make an Order under Sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984. The effect of this Order is as follows:- 1. To prohibit the waiting, loading and unloading of any vehicle at any time in the lengths of road specified in the Schedule hereto. 2. To prohibit any vehicle other than a bus, taxi or cycle at anytime from entering the length of bus lane specified in the Second Schedule hereto. 3. Those parts of the Traffic Regulation Orders specified in the Schedule of Revocations hereto FIRST SCHEDULE NO WAITING, LOADING OR UNLOADING AT ANY TIME John Street (Both Sides) The Whole SECOND SCHEDULE BUS LANE Bethesda Street From its junction with John Street to its junction with Albion Street in a northerly direction. SCHEDULE OF REVOCATIONS ORDER City of Stoke-on-Trent (Traffic Regulation) (Consolidation Order) (No.13) Order 2008 PART Seventy Seventh Schedule John Street Full details of this proposal are contained in draft Orders which, together with maps showing the roads concerned and a statement of the Council’s reasons for proposing to make this Order, may be examined at my office between 8.45am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday. If you wish to object to the proposed Order you should send your objections, together with the grounds thereof, in writing to the address shown below or by e-mail traffic.orders@stoke.gov. uk, quoting reference: DF/NM/TRO20(1)/2012, by the 6th day of July 2012. DATED this 14th day of June 2012 PETE PRICE, Assistant Director Technical Services, Directorate of City Renewal, Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1HH. Contact Officer: Shamala Evans, Directorate of City Renewal Telephone: 01782 232146

Police now taking enforcement action

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