Bus firms' call over accidents in Hull city centre
BUS firms are calling for action to reduce the number of accidents with pedestrians in Hull city centre.
Two accidents in little over a week involving buses and pedestrians in the city centre have strengthened calls for action.
Stagecoach, one of Hull's main bus providers, is now looking at ways to work with Humberside Police and Hull City Council.
Managing director Gary Nolan, of Stagecoach, said: "The main aim is to reduce the amount of accidents in the city and we will do everything we can do to try to make that happen.
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"We will continue to work closely with police and the council to try to reduce the risk of further collisions.
"All of our drivers are put through full training and are also required to undertake 35 hours of additional training to develop their awareness of driving in the city."
In the latest accident, a man suffered minor injuries after being hit by an East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) bus on Wednesday night in Brook Street, the same road where 14-year-old Jack Fisher lost his life in April 2008.
Just days earlier, a woman was seriously hurt after she was involved in an accident with a Stagecoach bus in Margaret Moxon Way, between Paragon Interchange and St Stephen's shopping centre, last Friday.
Since Jack's death, Hull City Council has introduced timers at the crossing in Margaret Moxon Way in a bid to stop pedestrians risking their lives.
Two "countdown timers" were introduced in August.
The displays tell people exactly how long they have to cross the road, counting down the time from the green man to the red man, before buses start to move.
Peter Shipp, chief executive and chairman of EYMS, said pedestrian education is the main way to reduce the number of collisions.
"There is a concern about pedestrians using mobile phones and MP3 players while crossing roads and I think the education pedestrians have on road safety is paramount," he said.
"We will, of course, work with the council, police and Stagecoach to try to implement strategies to reduce accidents.
"Making jay-walking more punishable is perhaps a way to control the problem nationally but that is something that is a long way off."
Hull City Council's assistant head of transport Graham Hall believes the only way to reduce accidents is to get the message across to pedestrians.
"There are a high number of people willing to cross the roads on a red man," he said.
"Road safety is about engineering, enforcement and education."