A YOUNG woman is angry after being stranded in the middle of nowhere by a bus driver.
Rachel Bakeman, 20, had bought a weekly ticket to travel from Ellesmere Port to her new job in Birkenhead.
But on her second day of using it the driver ordered her off at Hooton, saying the ticket was invalid. Rachel then had to walk a mile to a garage to call her family, who picked her up. She said: 'I was very upset. I'm still shaken up now.' Rachel, of Exeter Road, bought her weekly ticket from the First bus service last Monday.
The following day, she used it to get on the No 1 bus leaving the Port at 7.30am. Her sister Rebecca explained: 'Everything was fine until the driver suddenly
stopped the bus in Hooton and said Rachel had only got an Ellesmere Port and Chester ticket, not one that goes to Birkenhead.
'He said she'd only got a £9 ticket, not an £11.50 one. Rachel had no money to pay the extra, so he told her to get off the bus.
'She was very embarrassed and got off the bus. But Rachel didn't know where she was. It wasn't safe.' Rebecca added: 'Couldn't the driver have used his initiative?'
Since then, Rachel has been back on the bus without any problems and been issued the correct ticket. First wrote in a letter to her: 'Appropriate action has been taken in accordance with normal company procedures.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.'