By John Subritzky
Many Lynfield residents were appalled in early 2019 when AT started work to remove the indented bus stop near the shopping centre. People questioned the wisdom of narrowing the road, which is an issue with the centre median island on The Avenue.
The AT consultation document stated: "The bus layovers on The Avenue (opposite Oriana Avenue) will be upgraded to improve accessibility for buses on Route 25L. The buses do not currently line up well with the existing kerb lines and the kerb buildout will ensure the buses’ entry and exit are simpler and line up to ensure pedestrian access buses is made easier.”
When the project was completed, there followed months of buses ploughing up the grass on the centre median as they manoeuvred around each other.
Now, two years later, almost every trace of that project, including extensive concrete areas, have been dug up and sent to waste. The only thing left is the debt.
AT are apparently surprised by an increased volume of buses, which is surprising in itself considering they are in charge of bus scheduling. Unlike residents, AT is also surprised by an increased number of near misses between buses and cars since they narrowed the roadway. They also by law now must allow their drivers a break and a toilet stop at the terminus of bus routes. The nearby public toilets were upgraded earlier and now include a staff-only cubicle.
The contract for this latest change is $252,259. The first alteration is likely to have cost a similar amount, so there is around half a million dollars been spent for a modest increase in the indented bus stop.
Presumably, the buses now do line up with the indented kerb line to ensure easy pedestrian access.