Three town councillors have combined forces to create a safer bus stop adjoining the new houses on the site of the old Sportsman pub. Cllr Mark Lithgow was approached by several residents in his Wellington North ward about the difficulties they had getting on the bus at the request bus stop at the junction of Corams Lane and Waterloo Road.
Car owners have been prone to parking where the request bus stop is situated, thus requiring the bus to stop in the middle of the road. This not only causes traffic problems due to the fact there is no kerb at this point but also these older residents have to be helped onto the bus, which causes further delays and blockages of traffic flow on an already busy road.
Cllr Lithgow, being fairly new to the town council, reached out and engaged with his fellow councillors Andrew Govier (Lab) and Peter Critchard (Lib Dem) who have an extensive knowledge of which local authority to approach with regards to traffic matters. Cllr Govier was already working on other Highway Issues in Wellington and was able to incorporate this new concern. Cllr Critchard was supportive with his advice on how best to secure the funding and agreement to actually deliver the bus stop markings.
The outcome has resulted in the Somerset Highways agreeing to paint bus stop markings on the road to ensure that the bus can pull into a designated stopping place to allow users to safely get on and off the bus and reduce the congestion problems. The bus stop markings are now in place.