Chaotic scenes reported after changes are made to Bradford Interchange parking and dropping-off arrangements

Work going on at the Bradford Interchange

Work going on at the Bradford Interchange

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Chaotic scenes have been reported as changes are made to the car park at Bradford Interchange.

Cars were reported to be double-parked alongside taxis and luggage-laden passengers dodged buses as they tried to cross Bridge Street.

Problems arose on the first day of short-stay parking being suspended at the station.

There was also confusion as to what is happening at the short-stay area. Passengers had been told closure of the site was for a week, beginning March 3, to enable remedial work to go ahead, but a large notice outside the entrance says ‘Permanent car park closure’.

Metro says that when the area reopens next week, it will be for picking up, dropping off and the taxi rank only. A spokesman said: “The short-stay area is being reorganised to improve facilities and to better accommodate taxis.

“It has always been pick-up, drop-off only. Originally, there were about ten spaces for people to use for these purposes but because of the work, this will be reduced to five and they will be around the edges of the area rather than down the centre. This should make things much easier for drivers.”

Within hours of the suspension taking effect, an angry passenger, who did not wish to be named, told the Telegraph & Argus: “There was chaos as cars double-parked alongside taxis on the street, with buses trying to get past as passengers tried to cross the road with luggage to waiting cars.

“Longer term, the short-stay parking is now removed. This will cause huge problems for those dropping off elderly or disabled passengers or those with young children and lots of luggage. They need the facility of short-stay parking so someone can help them get their luggage.

“Is short-stay parking not an essential for a major transport interchange?”

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9:45am Thu 6 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

Maybe Bradford Council should run the Bradford bus/train station rather than Metro in Leeds.
Metro got the bus shelter in Market Street wrong way round!
Maybe Bradford Council should run the Bradford bus/train station rather than Metro in Leeds. Metro got the bus shelter in Market Street wrong way round! Joedavid
  • Score: -3

10:03am Thu 6 Mar 14

Albion. says...

Joedavid wrote:
Maybe Bradford Council should run the Bradford bus/train station rather than Metro in Leeds.
Metro got the bus shelter in Market Street wrong way round!
Bus shelters are subject to planning permission.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Maybe Bradford Council should run the Bradford bus/train station rather than Metro in Leeds. Metro got the bus shelter in Market Street wrong way round![/p][/quote]Bus shelters are subject to planning permission. Albion.
  • Score: -2

10:03am Thu 6 Mar 14

mrs walker says...

A spokesman said: “Originally, there were about ten spaces for people to use for these purposes but because of the work, this will be reduced to five....This should make things much easier for drivers.”

What? How will a reduction in spaces make it easier for drivers? Even with the existing spaces, cars are backed up into Bridge Street at peak times!

As the unnamed customer says in the article, “Longer term, the short-stay parking is now removed. This will cause huge problems for those dropping off elderly or disabled passengers or those with young children and lots of luggage. They need the facility of short-stay parking so someone can help them get their luggage."

I frequently use short-stay parking at the Interchange when elderly relatives are visiting and when my husband is going away on long work contracts. Will I no longer be able to help them onto the platform with their luggage? My disabled mum won't be able to carry her bags on her own.
A spokesman said: “Originally, there were about ten spaces for people to use for these purposes but because of the work, this will be reduced to five....This should make things much easier for drivers.” What? How will a reduction in spaces make it easier for drivers? Even with the existing spaces, cars are backed up into Bridge Street at peak times! As the unnamed customer says in the article, “Longer term, the short-stay parking is now removed. This will cause huge problems for those dropping off elderly or disabled passengers or those with young children and lots of luggage. They need the facility of short-stay parking so someone can help them get their luggage." I frequently use short-stay parking at the Interchange when elderly relatives are visiting and when my husband is going away on long work contracts. Will I no longer be able to help them onto the platform with their luggage? My disabled mum won't be able to carry her bags on her own. mrs walker
  • Score: 14

10:07am Thu 6 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

Albion. wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
Maybe Bradford Council should run the Bradford bus/train station rather than Metro in Leeds.
Metro got the bus shelter in Market Street wrong way round!
Bus shelters are subject to planning permission.
Yes but plans not always followed.
The house at Clayton is a good example. http://www.thetelegr
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[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Maybe Bradford Council should run the Bradford bus/train station rather than Metro in Leeds. Metro got the bus shelter in Market Street wrong way round![/p][/quote]Bus shelters are subject to planning permission.[/p][/quote]Yes but plans not always followed. The house at Clayton is a good example. http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/ne ws/11055957.Resident s_vow_to_fight_on_ov er_controversial_Cla yton__mansion_/ Joedavid
  • Score: 0

10:12am Thu 6 Mar 14

Albion. says...

Joedavid wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
Maybe Bradford Council should run the Bradford bus/train station rather than Metro in Leeds.
Metro got the bus shelter in Market Street wrong way round!
Bus shelters are subject to planning permission.
Yes but plans not always followed.
The house at Clayton is a good example. http://www.thetelegr

aphandargus.co.uk/ne

ws/11055957.Resident

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Then they are subject to prosecution. If you think that the shelter was erected differently to the passed plans, why not complain to the relevant department?
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Maybe Bradford Council should run the Bradford bus/train station rather than Metro in Leeds. Metro got the bus shelter in Market Street wrong way round![/p][/quote]Bus shelters are subject to planning permission.[/p][/quote]Yes but plans not always followed. The house at Clayton is a good example. http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/ne ws/11055957.Resident s_vow_to_fight_on_ov er_controversial_Cla yton__mansion_/[/p][/quote]Then they are subject to prosecution. If you think that the shelter was erected differently to the passed plans, why not complain to the relevant department? Albion.
  • Score: -1

10:39am Thu 6 Mar 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Metro now seem to be racing the council in the stupidity race. As ssid above, how on earth are people meant to get luggage to a platform? I don't know how people are meant to safely get to the Interchange when they have to walk the streets past the muggers and tappers. Yes this city does have naughty people here too.

This is discrimination against the elderly and disabled. Metro should be sued for neglegence.
Metro now seem to be racing the council in the stupidity race. As ssid above, how on earth are people meant to get luggage to a platform? I don't know how people are meant to safely get to the Interchange when they have to walk the streets past the muggers and tappers. Yes this city does have naughty people here too. This is discrimination against the elderly and disabled. Metro should be sued for neglegence. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 7

11:45am Thu 6 Mar 14

yezboss says...

When I had an issue there over taxis, certain other tradersTransit vans and private hire parking all day in the public zone, Metro and all others denied any liability for this car park. No one would admit responsbity for it now it appears Metro have. So long as they stop taxi / private hire drivers parking there in drop off bays and others who going into town to do whatever thats fine by me SO LONG as I can park there to drop off and pick up AND they enforce this which they have not been doing to date.
When I had an issue there over taxis, certain other tradersTransit vans and private hire parking all day in the public zone, Metro and all others denied any liability for this car park. No one would admit responsbity for it now it appears Metro have. So long as they stop taxi / private hire drivers parking there in drop off bays and others who going into town to do whatever thats fine by me SO LONG as I can park there to drop off and pick up AND they enforce this which they have not been doing to date. yezboss
  • Score: 5

11:47am Thu 6 Mar 14

johnhem says...

what a disaster for the city. newcomers to Bradford will no longer be able to be me off the trains and buses, and visitors like my daughter-in-law will have to struggle down with luggage, a 4yr old and a 1 month old baby.
what idiot DID'NT think this through? give us the name and where they work and if its anything to do with the council maybe they can be removed at the next election.
sheer ill-thought out lunacy, whoever heard of not having parking at a bus station? there would soon uproar if cars drove into the interchange and parked in the bus bays to drop off passengers.
if you are a car owner and want a bus pass or to book with National Express where do you park?
what a disaster for the city. newcomers to Bradford will no longer be able to be me off the trains and buses, and visitors like my daughter-in-law will have to struggle down with luggage, a 4yr old and a 1 month old baby. what idiot DID'NT think this through? give us the name and where they work and if its anything to do with the council maybe they can be removed at the next election. sheer ill-thought out lunacy, whoever heard of not having parking at a bus station? there would soon uproar if cars drove into the interchange and parked in the bus bays to drop off passengers. if you are a car owner and want a bus pass or to book with National Express where do you park? johnhem
  • Score: 3

12:52pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

As there always appears to be an abundance of white vans converted into taxis parked maybe a few of those places could have been closed for the work to go on rather than close the few public spaces.
As there always appears to be an abundance of white vans converted into taxis parked maybe a few of those places could have been closed for the work to go on rather than close the few public spaces. Joedavid
  • Score: 4

1:39pm Thu 6 Mar 14

badgersboots1 says...

Hardly Inviting to Visitors! 'Come to Bradford, chance your arm crossing a busy main road with luggage / kids etc to get a taxi,' surely this could have been phased to enable one side to stay open at a time? I think when i travel to Bfd in future i will arrange to get off at Leeds get picked up there, maybe spend a few bob whilst I'm waiting, hmmmm wonder why we are in the merde!
Hardly Inviting to Visitors! 'Come to Bradford, chance your arm crossing a busy main road with luggage / kids etc to get a taxi,' surely this could have been phased to enable one side to stay open at a time? I think when i travel to Bfd in future i will arrange to get off at Leeds get picked up there, maybe spend a few bob whilst I'm waiting, hmmmm wonder why we are in the merde! badgersboots1
  • Score: 2

1:43pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

badgersboots1 wrote:
Hardly Inviting to Visitors! 'Come to Bradford, chance your arm crossing a busy main road with luggage / kids etc to get a taxi,' surely this could have been phased to enable one side to stay open at a time? I think when i travel to Bfd in future i will arrange to get off at Leeds get picked up there, maybe spend a few bob whilst I'm waiting, hmmmm wonder why we are in the merde!
My family do that now as train fares to Leeds rather than Bradford are far cheaper. Also a wait to change train saved too.
[quote][p][bold]badgersboots1[/bold] wrote: Hardly Inviting to Visitors! 'Come to Bradford, chance your arm crossing a busy main road with luggage / kids etc to get a taxi,' surely this could have been phased to enable one side to stay open at a time? I think when i travel to Bfd in future i will arrange to get off at Leeds get picked up there, maybe spend a few bob whilst I'm waiting, hmmmm wonder why we are in the merde![/p][/quote]My family do that now as train fares to Leeds rather than Bradford are far cheaper. Also a wait to change train saved too. Joedavid
  • Score: 2

5:13pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Bfd bloke says...

Is it just me or are these contractors doing very little so far? The car park has been closed for almost a week but apart from a few pieces of patched tarmac little else has changed?

Also I agree with other posters that some short stay parking should be retained at a major transport hub it is no good just presuming the elderly or disabled can just be dropped off in 30 seconds. Obviously the Metro managers have never dropped relatives off at the Interchange.

Improving the blind spot for traffic exiting from the Interchange by lowering the wall and/or replacing it with railings so traffic on Bridge Street can see vehicles exiting the car park would be a better use of the time, and also separating the in/out flows with a traffic island so pedestrian access to the Interchange entrance from the Queens Hotel is improved would be more beneficial than removing parking bays.

Ps the Super shelters on Market Street appear to have had their planning permission refused -
http://www.planning4
bradford.com/online-
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Is it just me or are these contractors doing very little so far? The car park has been closed for almost a week but apart from a few pieces of patched tarmac little else has changed? Also I agree with other posters that some short stay parking should be retained at a major transport hub it is no good just presuming the elderly or disabled can just be dropped off in 30 seconds. Obviously the Metro managers have never dropped relatives off at the Interchange. Improving the blind spot for traffic exiting from the Interchange by lowering the wall and/or replacing it with railings so traffic on Bridge Street can see vehicles exiting the car park would be a better use of the time, and also separating the in/out flows with a traffic island so pedestrian access to the Interchange entrance from the Queens Hotel is improved would be more beneficial than removing parking bays. Ps the Super shelters on Market Street appear to have had their planning permission refused - http://www.planning4 bradford.com/online- applications/applica tionDetails.do?activ eTab=documents&keyVa l=MY9D9ZDH0B200 Bfd bloke
  • Score: 4

6:57pm Thu 6 Mar 14

MontyLeMar says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
Metro now seem to be racing the council in the stupidity race. As ssid above, how on earth are people meant to get luggage to a platform? I don't know how people are meant to safely get to the Interchange when they have to walk the streets past the muggers and tappers. Yes this city does have naughty people here too.

This is discrimination against the elderly and disabled. Metro should be sued for neglegence.
You think it's bad now but just wait until they introduce the barriers and ask you to pay £2 to pick up or drop off. This cash starved council are taking a leaf out of the LBA book and raising money any which way they can. As a non-driver I entirely agree with this strategy.
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: Metro now seem to be racing the council in the stupidity race. As ssid above, how on earth are people meant to get luggage to a platform? I don't know how people are meant to safely get to the Interchange when they have to walk the streets past the muggers and tappers. Yes this city does have naughty people here too. This is discrimination against the elderly and disabled. Metro should be sued for neglegence.[/p][/quote]You think it's bad now but just wait until they introduce the barriers and ask you to pay £2 to pick up or drop off. This cash starved council are taking a leaf out of the LBA book and raising money any which way they can. As a non-driver I entirely agree with this strategy. MontyLeMar
  • Score: -7

7:22pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
Metro now seem to be racing the council in the stupidity race. As ssid above, how on earth are people meant to get luggage to a platform? I don't know how people are meant to safely get to the Interchange when they have to walk the streets past the muggers and tappers. Yes this city does have naughty people here too.

This is discrimination against the elderly and disabled. Metro should be sued for neglegence.
You think it's bad now but just wait until they introduce the barriers and ask you to pay £2 to pick up or drop off. This cash starved council are taking a leaf out of the LBA book and raising money any which way they can. As a non-driver I entirely agree with this strategy.
Park in the top of the long stay at LBA just a few minutes walk away and it is free for an hour, or use the courtesy bus from long stay car park. (Make sure you in and out within the hour.)
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: Metro now seem to be racing the council in the stupidity race. As ssid above, how on earth are people meant to get luggage to a platform? I don't know how people are meant to safely get to the Interchange when they have to walk the streets past the muggers and tappers. Yes this city does have naughty people here too. This is discrimination against the elderly and disabled. Metro should be sued for neglegence.[/p][/quote]You think it's bad now but just wait until they introduce the barriers and ask you to pay £2 to pick up or drop off. This cash starved council are taking a leaf out of the LBA book and raising money any which way they can. As a non-driver I entirely agree with this strategy.[/p][/quote]Park in the top of the long stay at LBA just a few minutes walk away and it is free for an hour, or use the courtesy bus from long stay car park. (Make sure you in and out within the hour.) Joedavid
  • Score: 0

7:25pm Thu 6 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

Metro are doing the work, it has nothing to do with Bradford Council. I use the car park quite a bit when picking my son up and dropping him off when going to gigs that are not local. Think the tarmac had worn out so resurfacing was needed, not sure how stopping short stay car parking will work, on the face of it, an odd decision. I also often drop one of my sons there with two young kids in tow on their way to and from Lancashire, not sure of the thinking behind this short stay decision, be interesting to see how this scheme does in practise.
Metro are doing the work, it has nothing to do with Bradford Council. I use the car park quite a bit when picking my son up and dropping him off when going to gigs that are not local. Think the tarmac had worn out so resurfacing was needed, not sure how stopping short stay car parking will work, on the face of it, an odd decision. I also often drop one of my sons there with two young kids in tow on their way to and from Lancashire, not sure of the thinking behind this short stay decision, be interesting to see how this scheme does in practise. bcfc1903
  • Score: 1

7:25pm Thu 6 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

Metro are doing the work, it has nothing to do with Bradford Council. I use the car park quite a bit when picking my son up and dropping him off when going to gigs that are not local. Think the tarmac had worn out so resurfacing was needed, not sure how stopping short stay car parking will work, on the face of it, an odd decision. I also often drop one of my sons there with two young kids in tow on their way to and from Lancashire, not sure of the thinking behind this short stay decision, be interesting to see how this scheme does in practise.
Metro are doing the work, it has nothing to do with Bradford Council. I use the car park quite a bit when picking my son up and dropping him off when going to gigs that are not local. Think the tarmac had worn out so resurfacing was needed, not sure how stopping short stay car parking will work, on the face of it, an odd decision. I also often drop one of my sons there with two young kids in tow on their way to and from Lancashire, not sure of the thinking behind this short stay decision, be interesting to see how this scheme does in practise. bcfc1903
  • Score: 3

8:50pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Mr Capp says...

Wyke to leeds station only £17 with cj's taxis tel 606060
Wyke to leeds station only £17 with cj's taxis tel 606060 Mr Capp
  • Score: -2

11:32pm Thu 6 Mar 14

basil fawlty says...

So Leeds get £17,3M for a new southern entrance to their station and we get this! Same old story.
So Leeds get £17,3M for a new southern entrance to their station and we get this! Same old story. basil fawlty
  • Score: -3

12:24pm Fri 7 Mar 14

cheeky1 says...

Foster Square is also being up dated, and with both the lift and the stairwell shut its a long trek round and out of the station! Okay so there is a bus up to the top of town but most people like to use the lift and stairs to reach the middle area of town!
Foster Square is also being up dated, and with both the lift and the stairwell shut its a long trek round and out of the station! Okay so there is a bus up to the top of town but most people like to use the lift and stairs to reach the middle area of town! cheeky1
  • Score: 0

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