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Bus drivers refusing to use ‘dangerous’ new stop

Bus stop at Dunham Hill is too close to the bend say drivers

The bus shelter at Dunham Hill which drivers say is too close to the bend(Image: David Holmes)

Pensioners are unhappy because bus drivers are refusing to stop at a new stop near their homes, arguing it is too close to a bend on a fast road.

Cheshire West and Chester Council contractors installed the shelter opposite Dunham Hill garage on a 60mph section of the A56, much closer to the bend than the original stop.

Drivers are refusing to pull over, arguing it is ‘too dangerous’, meaning residents of Dunham Hill mobile home park, including many OAPs, had to walk further to catch a bus or get home after being dropped off a quarter of a mile away near the Dunham Arms.

However, the council this week installed a temporary stop and will be moving the shelter in the near future.

Passenger Bertram Wilton-King, 73, who lives at the mobile home park, said: “I was going into Frodsham using that bus stop and the bus went 100 yards past me and stopped. I asked the driver why he wasn’t using the bus stop and he said ‘it’s too dangerous’.”

Mr Wilton-King added: “I shouldn’t be having to run after a bus.”

He said his 65-year-old wife Patricia was recently returning from a shopping trip to Chester and the driver dropped her a quarter of a mile away.

“I would have said ‘I’m stopping on this bus’,” added Mr Wilton-King, who is upset that neither the council nor the bus companies have apologised for the inconvenience.

Council spokeswoman Laura Johnson said: “We installed a new shelter and as far as highways issues are concerned, there is no issue, it is far enough away from the bend.

“However, we are aware some drivers are not comfortable using this stop so we have installed a temporary bus shelter, about 20-30m along the road.”

She said contractors would be moving the permanent shelter to the area where the temporary bus stop has been located.

 

 

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