Health

Exeter’s Late-night Coach Stop Is Waking up Residents

Residents living near the current location for the temporary stop for National Express and Megabus coaches on Sidwell Street in Exeter city centre have complained about being woken by drivers leaving engines running during late-night and early morning pick-ups.

Several changes have been suggested by the residents and city councillors.

Exeter City Council is working on a report about the proposed changes.

The city council has put up signs asking the drivers to switch off their engines, thus resulting in a reduction in the problem.

It has also been suggested that the stop for services between midnight and 6am should be moved down Sidwell Street towards the John Lewis store.

Members of Devon County Council’s Exeter Highways Committee were told at one stage that passengers were advised to wait in a 24-hour Subway restaurant.

The long-term solution, however, is a waiting room built into the student flats block called The Barn in Bampfylde Street.

This will be ready by next September at the latest, councillors were told.

Cllr Su Aves, who represents St Sidwell and St James in Exeter, said: “Most of the bus drivers are now turning off their engines.

“They were turning up a two, four, six, through the night, and waking people up.”

Cllr Rob Hannaford, Exwick and St Thomas, added: “I would welcome it being moved further down to John Lewis.”

Councillors were told officers were waiting for a response from National Express about the proposed move.

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