It’s reported that the government’s communities & local government sectary wants to do two things to help town centres: gives motorists 15 minutes’ grace while parking on double yellow lines; and discourage councils who are being harsh on parking policies.
An example of a queue.
You can tell it’s an historic shot because Jessop’s is still open : )
We all know that shopkeepers would welcome this, were it to be made law. So hard pressed are they that they’d welcome anything. But they tend to inflate the importance of the car when, actually, it’s the bus that is the key to the regeneration of our traditional shopping streets. Some already see ¾ of shoppers arrive by public transport.
If endorsed, this will improve things for private motorists but affect bus services and I can’t see the bus industry winning. But in a recent edition of Logistics & Transport Focus, the journal of the chartered institute of transport (sic), there was this quote from the ambassador of the institute’s bus & coach forum, Giles Fearnley, about the importance of the bus in towns. Said Fearnley,
“I’ll never forget the time when a shopkeeper in Yorkshire was lobbying in every direction… to have a bus stop removed from outside his premises. It [the bus stop, not the premises] was duly resisted but within a month I took a call from him enquiring whether it could be moved back”
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