Letter: Drop off, pick up for bus and tram in town centre
Date published: 07 March 2018
Rochdale Town Centre: Tram at Metrolink stop, Transport Interchange and Number One Riverside
So once again Rochdale Council hasn’t thought things through - I’m referring to the new building about to go up opposite the bus station.
Great they say a shopping centre, but who looked into the planning in the meantime for those that get onto the tram and off in the centre.
I for one drop off and pick up my wife and daughter in town.
Well I did.
Now most of it is closed for building work to start, so the car parks now no longer exist, and I know through experience a lot of people are dropped off for the tram.
What contingencies have you put in place?
None as far as I can see which are viable.
All it would have took is someone from the council to monitor the number of passengers who get on/off the tram in a typical week, a lot are dropped off by car there and what about your own staff?
I know a lot used the car parking there.
What really annoys me is people will have to try and find a space to park whilst waiting to pick up a relative and those over-zealous little hitlers (you call parking wardens) will be having a field day booking people through no fault of their own.
Also, if some thought had gone into this you would have realised not far from the centre is spare land which could have been used, temporarily, for parking, such as the land at the back of the Brickcroft Social Club - if it is privately owned the Council has the power to temporarily take it and turn it into a car park, because right now it’s an eyesore.
There are other areas that could be used.
It seems to me not only has the council over the years driven away businesses custom, with high rates and policy and grabbing as much money from unsuspecting motorists as possible, once again, no thought, has been given to what happens in the meantime.
What makes me laugh is making these decisions are supposed to be intelligent, holding jobs that affect the community, but alas this is not the case.
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