HAZARD: Bus stop needs to be re-sited

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I write further to your article on the new position of the northbound bus stop on the A192 (Morpeth Herald, October 5).

I would like to draw the attention of your readers to the potentially dangerous proximity of the bus stop on the other side of the road, just south of Kingswell, to the new pedestrian crossing.

Pedestrian crossings always have white zig-zag lines along the road edges on both sides and in both directions from the crossing.

Parking is prohibited on the lines, the purpose being to ensure good sight-lines between pedestrians stepping on to the crossing and approaching drivers.

The length of the zig-zag lines is variable depending on the speed of traffic, its volume and its nature.

At this crossing, three of the lines are about 18 metres long, presumably this being the length considered necessary to restrict parking and ensure adequate sight-lines.

However, in the southbound direction the line is only five metres long before it reaches the bus stop box, which is marked on the road by yellow lines.

When a bus is stationary in the box, northbound drivers cannot see pedestrians stepping on to the crossing behind the bus until the last moment, by which time it may be too late to stop.

Surely the bus stop needs to be moved further up the hill.

Brian Smith

Chatton Close

Mopeth