Why did the passengers cross the road?

PASSENGERS are getting frustrated by a bus which stops one side of the road – while they wait for it on the opposite side.The vehicle does not use the designated bus stop or bus lay-by and those waiting for it then have to dash across oncoming traffic to catch it before it moves off.

PASSENGERS are getting frustrated by a bus which stops one side of the road – while they wait for it on the opposite side.

The vehicle does not use the designated bus stop or bus lay-by and those waiting for it then have to dash across oncoming traffic to catch it before it moves off.

Bus users in Gosford Way, Old Felixstowe, have been asking for 12 months for the route of the Ipswich-bound service to be changed before someone has a serious accident trying to catch it.

Betty Collier, of Gosford Way, has been urging the First bus company, who run the service, to alter the route so that the bus can stop where it used to, at the shelter.


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Mrs Collier said: "Complaints have been made to the bus company about one very near accident and we are worried that a fatality could occur. We want to stir up their social conscience.

"The route was changed a year ago and since then we have seen from our kitchen window so many people crossing the road dangerously. All the company has to do is to reverse part of the route and this would solve the problem."

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Ever since the timetable was changed last year passengers stand in a bus shelter on one side of the road while the single-decker number 76 bus stops on the other.

The bus used to go in both directions round Gosford Way and was changed to one way only to fit in with First's new timetable which aims to have a 15-minute service to and from Felixstowe.

The bus stops close to the Margery Girling House sheltered accommodation and Mrs Collier also complained that it could be up to 15 minutes late.

A bus company spokesman said that they had changed the route to ensure the Ipswich and Felixstowe timetable would work.

Any new changes had to be reregistered with the traffic commissioner and the bus company would have to destroy thousands of timetable books to make a small amendment.

The company was unlikely to alter the service now but it would consider the problem when the timetable was reprinted or if there were other issues to address.

n What do you think about Felixstowe's bus services – are they good enough? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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