Gorleston bus stop markings drive residents mad

Barbara Sams and her mother Joyce Rooney moved into a home on Yallop Aveneue, Gorleston. There has b

Barbara Sams and her mother Joyce Rooney moved into a home on Yallop Aveneue, Gorleston. There has been a bus stop outside since 2012 but a new yellow bus stop has now been painted on the road. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A mother and her daughter have been left scratching their heads after a bus stop bay was painted outside their house without their knowledge.

Barbara Sams and her mother Joyce Rooney moved into a home on Yallop Aveneue, Gorleston. There has b

Barbara Sams and her mother Joyce Rooney moved into a home on Yallop Aveneue, Gorleston. There has been a bus stop outside since 2012 but a new yellow bus stop has now been painted on the road. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Barbara Sams and her 89-year-old mother Joyce Rooney were shocked when they looked out of the window of their home in Yallop Avenue, Gorleston, to find a big yellow box being painted on the road.

They moved in last year, and though there was a bus stop outside their neighbour's house, there were no road markings.

Now they are concerned about the effect of the price of their home and difficulty in parking for guests.

Ms Sams, 63, said they were given no notification that the work would take place. The grandmother and mother-of-two grown-up children, added: 'Where are my mother's friends who have blue badges going to park now? They certainly can't park in a bus stop.

Barbara Sams and her mother Joyce Rooney moved into a home on Yallop Aveneue, Gorleston. There has b

Barbara Sams and her mother Joyce Rooney moved into a home on Yallop Aveneue, Gorleston. There has been a bus stop outside since 2012 but a new yellow bus stop has now been painted on the road. - Credit: Nick Butcher


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'It will be one of the only places on the street with yellow lines painted outside the houses.

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While the bus used to stop outside her house, Ms Sams said it used to stop further away and not over their dropped kerb.

On the opposite side of the road there is a bus stop bay, but it is not as big as the newly painted one.

The bus stop is served by the number nine bus which runs between Market Gates and the hospital every half an hour during the week, via Shrublands, Brasenose Avenue and Cliff Park.

Ms Sams has spoken to neighbours who have lived in the street for longer who said there has been no bus stop marked out on the road for at least five years.

The pair used to live nearby in Links Road, and then relocated to Eastwood in Essex, before moving back to Gorleston.

Ms Sams, who jointly owns the house with her mother, said she thinks they might have thought again had there been a bus stop marked outside.

Managing director of a local estate agents, Charles Bycroft, said if there was already a bus stop outside your house, having a bus stop bay painted was unlikely to devalue the property.

He added: 'Some people might be very pleased to catch a bus right outside the front door.'

A county council spokesman confirmed they were contacted about the road markings and would not comment further.

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