VIDEO: Baildon school bus change may ease chaos

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Congestion outside Baildon CofE Primary Congestion outside Baildon CofE Primary

A new plan to crack car parking problems outside a Baildon school has been hatched by a ward councillor working closely with public transport chiefs.

Councillor Debbie Davies contacted Metro about constant complaints from householders near Baildon CofE Primary School and suggested altering a bus route to collect more pupils.

“Residents in the Langley Lane area near Baildon Primary are always complaining about double parking and inconsiderate drivers at school arrival and leaving times,” said Coun Davies (Con, Baildon).

“One of the solutions I suggested was to get more kids on the bus – by taking the bus closer to them.

“Recently I was talking to a parent whose child catches the bus from Cliffe Avenue, but has to walk quite far to get it from Woodcot Avenue.

“So I contacted Metro to see if the route the bus took could be altered as there are a lot of families in that area with children who will go to the church school. “ Coun Davies said she was delighted when Metro agreed to help test public opinion on her idea.

“They agreed to run a survey asking for people’s opinions on a possible alteration to the route which would include Station Road and have put details on Twitter, which is great.”

School head teacher Mary Connor has also welcomed Coun Davies’s idea and sent out the link to the online survey in her latest fortnightly letter to parents.

“Children’s safety is paramount for us and we are very concerned about the big issue of parking in our cul-de-sac,” Mrs Connor said.

“Only the other night we had a governors’ meeting where parking was again discussed and anything which cuts the number of cars coming to the school would be a huge benefit.

“There are continually cars parked around the school and if we could relieve pressure on roads around the school by encouraging use of the bus, that would be great.”

A Metro spokesman said: ‘West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s award-winning Mybus school transport service is popular with parents but we’re always looking for ways we can improve the service.

“When a possible change to the route of the P66 Mybus service was suggested, we produced a short online survey to give parents the opportunity to let us know their preference, to provide feedback on the service and help us to understand better how we can meet current and future needs.”

  • To register views on the proposed route changes go to surveymonkey.com/s/FT8SVVV.

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4:42pm Wed 14 May 14

Baildon Mum says...

The school itself contributed to the parking chaos by banning parents from using the large carpark by installing electric gates at the entrance thus forcing even more cars onto the surrounding streets. However, the lack of consideration shown by parents taking their little darlings to school beggars belief. Offenders addresses should be published and then the inconvenienced residents could go and abandon their cars across their driveways!The situation on West Lane by Sandal school is also horrendous with parents offloading children into the road without a moments thought.
The school itself contributed to the parking chaos by banning parents from using the large carpark by installing electric gates at the entrance thus forcing even more cars onto the surrounding streets. However, the lack of consideration shown by parents taking their little darlings to school beggars belief. Offenders addresses should be published and then the inconvenienced residents could go and abandon their cars across their driveways!The situation on West Lane by Sandal school is also horrendous with parents offloading children into the road without a moments thought. Baildon Mum
  • Score: 4

7:52pm Wed 14 May 14

Jacqui Baildon says...

As parents of primary school children at the time of reorganisation of the system many of us raised this very issue. Neither the Coverdale Way sight or the West Lane sight were ever intended to be used as primary schools with their obvious traffic issues. Bradford Education were dismissive and refused point blank to consider any alternatives even though they claimed to have undergone consultations! Well it gives me no satisfaction ( as I have to run the gauntlet daily of the Sandals school run). But we did tell them!
As parents of primary school children at the time of reorganisation of the system many of us raised this very issue. Neither the Coverdale Way sight or the West Lane sight were ever intended to be used as primary schools with their obvious traffic issues. Bradford Education were dismissive and refused point blank to consider any alternatives even though they claimed to have undergone consultations! Well it gives me no satisfaction ( as I have to run the gauntlet daily of the Sandals school run). But we did tell them! Jacqui Baildon
  • Score: 2

6:41pm Mon 19 May 14

Shipleyvegas says...

Coun. Davies - I applaud your involvement but PLEASE for the sake of your constituents do something the other 49 weeks of the year other than at election time... We haven't heard a peep for months, now you're everywhere!
Coun. Davies - I applaud your involvement but PLEASE for the sake of your constituents do something the other 49 weeks of the year other than at election time... We haven't heard a peep for months, now you're everywhere! Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 1

7:43am Tue 20 May 14

Rob Thompson says...

As a former house owner right next door to the school when it was the middle school, this was always an issue. I often came home to find a car had actually park on m y drive way in front of my garage. I often raised this issue with the school.

One reason I sold this house was because of parking caused by parents. I dread the thought of any emergency happening as the emergency services would be delayed getting to either the school or the house surrounding the area.

The simple answer to me is to look at creating a drop off/collect zone, this could be created at the end of the playing fields. So parents would go up Hollin Head to access and pupils would walk across to the school, of course they would need a path but this could be created a long the side of the wall.
As a former house owner right next door to the school when it was the middle school, this was always an issue. I often came home to find a car had actually park on m y drive way in front of my garage. I often raised this issue with the school. One reason I sold this house was because of parking caused by parents. I dread the thought of any emergency happening as the emergency services would be delayed getting to either the school or the house surrounding the area. The simple answer to me is to look at creating a drop off/collect zone, this could be created at the end of the playing fields. So parents would go up Hollin Head to access and pupils would walk across to the school, of course they would need a path but this could be created a long the side of the wall. Rob Thompson
  • Score: 2

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