NEW parking restrictions are being planned on a bus route to prevent inconsiderate drivers blocking the road.

Barnsley Council, the South Yorkshire Transport Executive (SYPTE) and bus operators are looking to introduce yellow lines in Grimethorpe around the junctions of Michael's Estate, Brierley Road and Meadow Crescent.

This is the route of the number 29 Stagecoach service.

Cllr Dave North said bus drivers find it difficult to get past parked cars and even have to mount the pavement, which subsequently damages it.

It also has a knock-on effect on bus timetables, according to the council.

Residents' association member Elsie Smith has lived on nearby Stacey Crescent for 15 years and said the problem has been going on for months. Some drivers have even got out of their bus to ask people to move.

She said leaflets have been posted through letter boxes to stop people parking on the junctions but to no avail.

The bus, which comes once an hour, is used for people wanting to get to the cemetery as well as getting into Barnsley.

Cllr North added: "What we don't want is to lose the service for the people who use it. If we don't have a bus service down there a lot of people won't be able to get to their destination."