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And sorry if this post gets posted twice, but I've found out if I delete it, it also deletes the original
We DO have to praise the bus staff for helping passengers.]The following is in OFF-peak hour.
• Unlike previously, these gates are now worse than the Adamstown level crossing.
• Gates are down longer. Trains crawl through the crossing, though not as slow as yesterday.
• Creatng a traffic jam, and quite often a "bus queue"
The traffic jam in off-peaks
today for example, it looks like the traffic queuing when the gates go down, extends to either near the Tudor St, and if what I saw, possibly beyond Tudor St. The traffic queue extended to such a distance that it was hard to see where the end of the queue was.
BUT, I did note that a Route 201 bus, and the traffic around it had to wait for about 3 rounds of the gates closing before the traffic could continue at the traffic lights.
> We also have because of impatient drivers queuing in the middle of a main intersection of Beaumont & Donald St. And that was due to the gates now closing more often, and for longer.
• Route 110 buses that have picked up passengers for Newcastle, like today, can also be stuck a the crossing.
• Route 110 busES
regularly get stuck in the traffic jam
• When the gates are down, the traffic queue extends to the surrounding streets, including Maitland Road, and Donald St on the other side of the crossing.
]• If a second bus is waiting at the bus stop to pick up passengers, it can overhang the Fern St corner at Beaumont St. And quite often these Route 110 buses get stuck waiting for the gates to open.
• Today, I saw a line up of buses - NOT including the bus waiting in the side street.
• About 10 car spaces have been lost due to the bus stop, and the bus waiting area in both Fern & Beaumont Sts.
• If a bus does a return run to Newcastle Station:
The set down only stop is on the southern side of Hamilton Station. If a bus needs to return to Newcastle Station, it has after off-loading the passengers, it has to do an Special, (oh sorry PCB, I mean not in service!) run along Beaumont, L Donald, L Selma Sts, L Maitland Rd, to the pick up stop on the northern side of Hamilton Station - That's just under 1.6 kilometres. Takes around 6, maybe 7 minutes, so the same bus would likely need about 10 minutes.
That's the only the buses can get back to the pick up only stop.
• Also the bus signs state Queens Wharf
, but that since sometime last week, been moved to Perkins St.
That means any passenger to/from Stockton has to go over the bridge, walk past
the Market St bus stop, to the next stop west at Hunter & Perkins St. The Queens Wharf stop was meant to be at Market St for then ferry passengers. It was for one or two days, but was moved.