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[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. This is a very common situation here. Yet I have not heard it discussed by CYC. Bus drivers (tourist and service) use the parking bays on the Art Galley side of the road to pick up and set down. For some the route ahead is 'over' the junction into Gillygate. This means the vehicle needs to be in the righthand of the two lanes. To reach it and in time for the lights to turn green, drivers pull out and obstruct the entire side of this junction: the left turn Bootham lane, the ASL's to both lanes, the pedestrian crossing... [Note: It can be done better: #182468, #182469.] I asked one service company to ensure their drivers did not do this. I cited, safety, pollution, and efficiency. The Bootham turn is on a different timing to the Gillygate lights. Therefore I can be heading from the visibly green Bootham turn lane but have a driver pull out preventing my onward journey for the duration and trapping me in the stench, noise and pollution. Did anyone from CYC consult the bus companies (service and tourist) before designing in this flaw? I will email City Sightseeing (, send them my links and ask: what will they do as a result of receiving my email; were they consulted about the position or layout of their stop here?; will they liaise with Cllr D'Agorne and/or someone else at CYC over resolving this issue? I will also ask about their policy of ‘idling’. Other images this issue here today: #182469, #182470. All images and links from today: #182461.

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