TRADERS, worried that new bus stops in Queen's Road could have an impact on their custom, have been urged to take the matter up with Richmond's Business and Tourism Association.

Consultation is already under way into a revamp of the roads around the town centre and - although pick-up points would remain - one proposal to ease congestion on the Market Place is to move buses which are waiting to begin their runs to Queen's Road.

Shopkeepers fear diesel fumes from running engines and the loss of parking spaces near their premises could have an impact on their tills and have urged the town council to intervene.

However, at a meeting on Monday night the town's administration pointed out the Business and Tourism Association is also playing a leading role in the traffic survey and may be able to represent their views more effectively.

An exhibition outlining all the options included in the survey is also be held at Richmond Town Hall, from Friday, September 6, to Thursday, September 19, with staff from consultants, Mouchel, in attendance on the first two days to answer questions.

A town council meeting will also be held to discuss the proposals in more detail.