Nuisance parking stops bus service

Bempton Oval has been taken off the EYMS 503 service in Bridlington due to regular parking problems
Bempton Oval has been taken off the EYMS 503 service in Bridlington due to regular parking problems

Persistent parking problems on a Bridlington estate have led to a bus company taking it off a popular service route.

The East Yorkshire Motor Service 503 bus service from Darwin Road down to the town centre has started omitting Bempton Oval since the timetable was changed on April 11.

The change of route has sparked controversy on the estate after buses could not get through due to drivers consistently parking on either side of the road.

Residents now face a walk on to Bempton Lane to catch the 503 service, with many elderly members of the public struggling to do so.

Yvonne Bell, 58, lives on Bempton Oval, as well as her mother Brenda, 84. She said: “It is a nightmare at times in a car to get around the estate so for a bus it must be horrendous.

“There needs to be something done such as double yellow lines on one side of the road. I have had a hip 
replacement recently and I have struggled to get around since the service changed.

“Many people rely on this service and without it is proving detrimental to a lot of people, especially with the majority of elderly people on the estate who have no other means of transport.”

An East Yorkshire Motor Service spokesman said: “The service has been changed with the buses frequently getting stuck on Bempton Oval due to badly parked vehicles blocking the road, which has been an issue for several years. If the road is blocked, it obviously has an effect on everyone else on the route.”

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “We are currently undertaking a traffic survey on that road to determine the extent of the problem. Parking can cause significant issues for buses and we urge residents to work with bus operators and the council to devise ways in which cars and buses can operate together.”