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REMOVED PHONE BOX COULD BE REINSTALLED DUE TO RYDE ESPLANADE SCHEME

Plans have been put forward to relocate a BT phone box on Ryde Esplanade to a site over the road where one stood as recently as 2018.

A phone box previously stood for a number of years outside The King Lud and Long John Eater, but was removed back in 2018.

However, plans submitted to the Isle of Wight Council propose moving a box located at Ryde Bus Station onto the pavement across the road – exactly where the previous phone box stood.

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The major Esplanade improvement scheme will see the bus terminal re-modelled to provide a safer environment for bus users/pedestrians with more public amenity space, increased planting and less hard surfacing for vehicles.

A brand-new road layout will allow buses that already route via George Street to emerge from the bus terminal and head straight up George Street, as opposed to the current arrangement where they have to use the roundabout at the end of the Esplanade.

As a result of this, the phone box needs to be moved.

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Dr. Jollop
Dr. Jollop
1 month ago

Don’t fix it if it aint broke.

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
1 month ago

Thank God for that! Where were they expecting Superman to get changed?

Buster
Buster
1 month ago

Don’t put it back outside the Lug as it makes it dangerous when you’re at the bottom of Union Street and your sight line is blocked

Two Cats
Two Cats
1 month ago

i remember that phone box outside the King Lud…when driving to the junction at the bottom of Union Street, it used to block a clear view of cars approaching along the Esplanade from the right. It’s been better without it, so please reconsider your plan.

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

“Less hard surfacing for vehicles” – Give that there is only one lane in either direction I assume that’s an obscure way of saying “fewer on-street parking places”

Molly
Molly
1 month ago

Don’t put it anywhere near the lud for various reasons mentioned and the problem of using it with a load of drunks outside , could be very intimidating

Dr. Jollop
Dr. Jollop
Reply to  Molly
1 month ago

Really…………?
life / one / get / a

Baby head
Baby head
Reply to  Molly
1 month ago

Surely though, it will be handy as the toilets are closed for local drunks to relieve themselves before the vandals amuse themselves?

Rupert Marks
Rupert Marks
1 month ago

As someone who doesn’t have a mobile phone, I do sometimes have to use a public phone box, and they are a lifeline. So although I’ve never used the one in Ryde, I am absolutely delighted it might be coming back. Also outside The King Lud is precisely where you do need it – for the customers.

Still here
Still here
Reply to  Rupert Marks
1 month ago

Wrong! It needs to be where the ‘transport interchange’ is so that if, or when, you have problems there, those without a mobile can quickly and easily summon help without having to cross the road, however that is accomplished when, and if, the fiasco is completed. And going on the current ‘progress’, probably never.

 

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