Shopkeepers who have been flummoxed by Huddersfield’s “bus gates” will have to walk further to unload their stock.
The Examiner reported last week that newsagent Rashid Ullah could no longer access his Westgate shop during working hours without being fined.
Other traders have also complained that it is harder for them to get to their own premises since the restrictions were launched on February 1.
The Examiner reported the complaints at the start of the month but so far there is no sign that there will be any exemptions to the rules for businesses within the bus gates.
Kirklees Council told the Examiner that it had installed new loading bays close to the affected areas for traders to use.
One is on Westgate outside the Wellington while another has been created on Station Street by removing some of the parking spaces.
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A council spokesperson said: “The council has been sharing information about the bus gates with the public and traders for some time.
“We have also offered, any business who is concerned by the changes, the opportunity to get in touch with us so that we can provide advice and support.
“We have already worked with a number of businesses and will continue to do so, businesses can get in touch by contacting the council on 01484 414700.
“To assist businesses the bus gates only operate at specific hours, and we have also provided loading bays at strategic places around the town centre including ones on Westgate and Station Street for use by local businesses.
“The new restrictions will regulate loading on Westgate and help prevent delivery vehicles from parking in areas that could obstruct moving traffic or on the footpath.
“We have also produced a map to help people to navigate around the restrictions.
“Information about the scheme can be found on the council’s website: www.kirklees.gov.uk/busgates ”
Mr Ullah told the Examiner he used to hover for a few minutes outside his premises to unload heavy boxes of alcohol and valuable cases of cigarettes.
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Since the bus gates system was installed on February 1 he can only drive to his shop before 8am or after 6pm and cannot approach on the eastbound side of Westgate.
Access to Westgate is allowed during those hours but only on the opposite side of the road to his shop, going out of the town centre.
The new loading bay is on the opposite side of the road to his shop.
Driving through any of the bus gates – which are at Kirkgate, Westgate, Station Street, Market Street and High Street – will land motorists with a £60 fine.
Meanwhile, the council has clarified that the only buses allowed through the gates are ones scheduled to pass through the town centre.
Coaches, mini-buses and any other type of private bus service are not eligible to use the routes.