Drivers warned to stay off Torun Way bus gate

This Is Wiltshire: Resident Roy Davidson and Emma Faramarzi, councillor for Priory Vale, at the bus gate Resident Roy Davidson and Emma Faramarzi, councillor for Priory Vale, at the bus gate

POLICE have warned motorists who flout the rules of a controversial bus gate on a residential road that they can expect to face fines if they continue.

Yesterday between 3.45pm and 4.30pm officers stopped 33 cars driving through the bus gate at Torun Way south.

The bus gate, which runs from the junction at Casterbridge Road to the junction at White Eagle Road, was put in by Swindon Council last week and means the route cannot be used by motorists as a short cut from Haydon Wick into Haydon End.

Officers advised drivers to find alternative routes and warned in the future they will have no option but to issue £30 fixed penalty tickets to people who continue to drive cars and vans through it.

PC Matt Lewis, the community beat manager for Haydon Wick, said: “I know it is not a popular choice with some residents but it is now an enforceable bus route and it is not for police to pick and choose what we enforce.

“We have been asked by councillors to enforce the legislation. We ran an operation on Tuesday during one of the peak times, the school run, and stopped 33 cars going through the bus gate.

“We informed them that it was now enforceable and handed them a copy of the public notice produced by Swindon Council.

“At this stage we are looking at a period of getting the information out to the community before we start enforcement. I would urge anybody who lives in the area to tell their friends, family and neighbours not to use it.”

Ward councillor Emma Faramarzi (Con, Priory Vale) said opinion on the bus gate was divided and she believed a large number of drivers had flouted the rules.

She said: “The police were out there for just a small amount of time and it goes on all day. “We did a consultation and those on the south side wanted the gate and those on the north side did not.

“We took a decision among ward councillors, council officers and the cabinet member for transport that it should be implemented and it was always in the plan for the area.”

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson said: “When Haydon End was given planning permission it was a condition imposed to protect existing residents adjacent to Westfield Way.

“This is often what happens with new developments, existing residents will lobby to limit the impact on them – the same will apply for Tadpole Lane.

“As it was in the original planning permission, scrapping it would open up legal challenges by existing residents and those who bought the house expecting a bus gate.”

One of those who bought their home expecting the gate was Roy Davidson, 42, of Torun Way.

He said: “We moved here because there was going to be a bus gate and we had kids, so we did not want it to be busy with traffic. I would back the police in enforcing it.”

Mother-of-two Hannah Strange, 27, of Polonez Court, said it was an inconvenience but she saw why it was needed.

“It is annoying because it means I get caught on the traffic lights on Thamesdown Drive and have to go a longer way to get to college, but it did get used by people who don’t live locally so I can understand why it is there,” she said.

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9:33am Thu 4 Oct 12

faatmaan says...

is that like the non enforcement of Upham Road and other motoring laws ?
is that like the non enforcement of Upham Road and other motoring laws ? faatmaan

11:32am Thu 4 Oct 12

nobody says...

All the other bus gates and bus lanes are routinely abused by car drivers without fear of being caught.
The drivers can just wait a while until the police loose interest, which is normally very fast.
All the other bus gates and bus lanes are routinely abused by car drivers without fear of being caught. The drivers can just wait a while until the police loose interest, which is normally very fast. nobody

12:13pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Davey Gravey says...

nobody wrote:
All the other bus gates and bus lanes are routinely abused by car drivers without fear of being caught.
The drivers can just wait a while until the police loose interest, which is normally very fast.
They should all be scrapped anyway. Drivers are burning more fuel and creating pollution-wasting time getting sent on longer routes and sat in jams. The council should open up all roads to ease this stupidity
[quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: All the other bus gates and bus lanes are routinely abused by car drivers without fear of being caught. The drivers can just wait a while until the police loose interest, which is normally very fast.[/p][/quote]They should all be scrapped anyway. Drivers are burning more fuel and creating pollution-wasting time getting sent on longer routes and sat in jams. The council should open up all roads to ease this stupidity Davey Gravey

2:23pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Jellynbubble says...

I think fit should have been changed into a road rather than a bus gate - Thamesdown Drive is struggling as it is. And I think the resident pictured is selling his house anyway?
I think fit should have been changed into a road rather than a bus gate - Thamesdown Drive is struggling as it is. And I think the resident pictured is selling his house anyway? Jellynbubble

3:36pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Tonyblairisthedevil says...

Even at peak times this was not a hugely busy route when the gate was open.. certainly no worse than the rest of torun way..

This has to be one of the most pointless bus lanes in swindon..
Even at peak times this was not a hugely busy route when the gate was open.. certainly no worse than the rest of torun way.. This has to be one of the most pointless bus lanes in swindon.. Tonyblairisthedevil

7:46pm Thu 4 Oct 12

batch says...

Not issue with the police, just doing what they are told. Sure they'd rather be doing something constructive, like catching dangerous drivers, or uninsured driver, or unsafe vehicles, or, well there is an endless list right.

Idiotic bus gate though. I'll have to park outside Roy Davidson's house and walk to where I need to go. Buggered if I'm going all the way round, past a school, dropping off, then all the way back again, past the school.
Not issue with the police, just doing what they are told. Sure they'd rather be doing something constructive, like catching dangerous drivers, or uninsured driver, or unsafe vehicles, or, well there is an endless list right. Idiotic bus gate though. I'll have to park outside Roy Davidson's house and walk to where I need to go. Buggered if I'm going all the way round, past a school, dropping off, then all the way back again, past the school. batch

9:59pm Thu 4 Oct 12

RoyDavidson says...

For clarity it is not my home that is for sale as suggested by Jellynbubble
For clarity it is not my home that is for sale as suggested by Jellynbubble RoyDavidson

9:42am Fri 5 Oct 12

Alaughaminute says...

33 cars in 45 minutes adding almost a mile to their journey so I'm guess 100 cars a day so without the maths 90 extra miles and the average car doing 40 miles to the gallon(sorry to old to do litres) average £6 a gallon(60% going to the tax man) times 5 days a week = a nice bit of extra tax for the tax man
33 cars in 45 minutes adding almost a mile to their journey so I'm guess 100 cars a day so without the maths 90 extra miles and the average car doing 40 miles to the gallon(sorry to old to do litres) average £6 a gallon(60% going to the tax man) times 5 days a week = a nice bit of extra tax for the tax man Alaughaminute

11:27am Fri 5 Oct 12

Even Angrier Monkey says...

I intend to keep using it. Its completely non-sensical.
I intend to keep using it. Its completely non-sensical. Even Angrier Monkey

11:48am Fri 5 Oct 12

MrBstard says...

I dont see any gate?
I dont see any gate? MrBstard

3:08pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Even Angrier Monkey says...

MrBstard wrote:
I dont see any gate?
ts not a physical gate - just a sign that says "buses only" that you can happily ignore.
[quote][p][bold]MrBstard[/bold] wrote: I dont see any gate?[/p][/quote]ts not a physical gate - just a sign that says "buses only" that you can happily ignore. Even Angrier Monkey

12:33am Tue 9 Oct 12

im watching you says...

What you people seem to be ignoring here is that this was always intended to be a bus only road.so stop whinging and find alternative routes.
What you people seem to be ignoring here is that this was always intended to be a bus only road.so stop whinging and find alternative routes. im watching you

12:57am Tue 9 Oct 12

im watching you says...

Batch.
may i suggest you walk your children to school....and those who suggest parking on the bus lane will probably be done for obstruction by the police.
Batch. may i suggest you walk your children to school....and those who suggest parking on the bus lane will probably be done for obstruction by the police. im watching you

7:13pm Thu 11 Oct 12

avo says...

This limited but rather indicitive number of responses from clueless idiots that are moaning about having to find an alternative route to something that has been in the planning since day 1 just goes to highlight the problems within the local society itself.
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Self centred, high and mighty morons, take your clueless attitudes, and your motors, elsewhere.
This limited but rather indicitive number of responses from clueless idiots that are moaning about having to find an alternative route to something that has been in the planning since day 1 just goes to highlight the problems within the local society itself. . Self centred, high and mighty morons, take your clueless attitudes, and your motors, elsewhere. avo

10:37pm Mon 29 Oct 12

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