Travel Ipswich: Tower Ramparts Bus Station set to be remodelled

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    Not much more than 3 years after the remodelling of Tower Ramparts Bus Station as part of Suffolk County Council’s Travel Ipswich scheme, there are plans to remodel it to ease congestion of bus stops. Public transport (i.e. buses) are seen to be the way of easing road traffic congestion, despite them not being able to properly organise a bus station to prevent problems with congestion of buses obstructing the way for other buses and blocking bus stops!

    This may include reinstating what was the 9/10 bus stop adjacent to Electric House. Primary bus station user, Ipswich Buses, is likely to be the company benefiting from the new installed bus stop with shelter and what we can assume will also include an RTPI screen. This is likely to be moving the departure stop for a service or two but potentially could include Carter services Ipswich Buses purchased. It is unlikely to make any real difference.

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    My wife uses that bus station most days of the week. After it was remodelled she complained a lot about how much worse it had been made. Simple things like queueing for the busses had been made harder with two busses ending up with a single queue do to the arrangements of the stops, with all the resultant confusion for users that lead to. The there was access, you can only approach the stops from the ends, you used to be able to walk through the middle, and there were lots more. Did they not have to take action over the pavings as they had made it all too slippery?

    And have we ever had the proper real time passenger info implemented? And what amazed me was all that money spent and yet go look at the bus company offices adjacent, not a penny spent! The paint has been peeling off their windows for decades, would you not have thought as part of the overall revamp they could have at least spent a few pounds tidying up that building as well! You touched a nerve again here, this bus station is a prime example of how poorly things are done in our town. And don to get me started on the other bus station, that is worse..>!!!

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    I preferred the old style bus stands/shelters… Should have been replaced like-for-like. They needed revamping – especially the stop number and route information; but it is even more trickier with the new style as you have to walk up to one stand look at the bus stop map to then work out where the bus departs from – you can no longer look from a distance. I am sure this isn’t a problem as by now people will be aware from where their bus departs from (either than or a neighbouring bus stop) – however, not good for visitors or tourists – something they want to encourage!

    A mixture of lack of access (only from either side) and unorderly passenger queues for two bus services in one bus shelter area makes it really inconvenient to walk down especially when buses are loading or unloading passengers.

    When the bus station opened the road surface and paving was lethal – both to road users and pedestrians – I am not sure if they replaced them?

    http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/ipswich_concerns_raised_over_bus_station_s_slippery_surface_after_motorcyclist_comes_off_bike_1_3091276

    http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_charity_worker_hits_out_at_new_ice_rink_tower_ramparts_bus_station_after_girlfriend_injured_in_fall_1_3193870

    The Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) screens are a waste of time and money. It took ages to go live, when they did it was solely a computerised timetable and as soon  as they got it linked up to the GPS data through traveline, shortly after the bus operators stopped sending the location data realising the downside with an RTPI system is your punctuality rates fall through the floor. David Ellesmere who is a rather technical guy in fact, liked the RTPI screens but then later came out against them, after the borough’s bus company decided to selectively stop sharing data.

    The RTPI screens are really poor and waste of power. I am shocked no one has decided to link that data with the computerised traffic light system Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC).

    Very disappointing that they couldn’t do a quick bit of painting but look on the bright side, the refurbished Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre (Sailmakers) has much improved toilets to entice public transport users to improve their footfall!

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    I can confirm after a conversation with a bus driver that a “Bus Survey” bus parked adjacent to Electric House is indeed due to Ipswich Buses wanting to move Route 9 and Route 10 back there. Drivers have been told it is to stop illegal parking on that edge making it difficult for buses to manoeuvre… I am no bus driver so perhaps I am not qualified to talk on this matter but surely it is common sense to suggest that a van half parked on the pavement or some Peugeot 206 driver dropping off a passenger is less of an obstruction than a 10-13 metre long bus?!

    This said, it is for the council to enforce the double yellow line violators… or is it the police?

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    Interesting clip… The lady is right.

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