First Bus could pull service out of Titchfield due to parking

Daily Echo: Bus service could be pulled due to parking Bus service could be pulled due to parking

IT IS an issue that has businesses worried and a bus company considering pulling its service out of a Hampshire village if something is not done.

First bus operator claims its buses are being damaged due to parked cars on a road in Titchfield, leaving them with too little space to manoeuvre.

It claims this has led to £100,000 of damage to its buses or to people’s cars damaged by buses in two years.

The firm is calling for parking restrictions on South Street butbusinesses fear this could affect trade.

Now a meeting has been called to resolve the issue.

The 4A runs between Fareham and Southampton, passing through Titchfield, including South Street, a single lane road which has a layby with bays for 20-minutes’ free parking.

County council executive member for transport Sean Woodward, pictured, said First told him something needed to be done or it would consider bypassing Titchfield.

He said it was a matter of choosing between yellow lines affecting businesses or face losing the service.

He added one possibility was to change the parking regulations in The Square nearby to one hour rather than all day.

Derek Haggard, owner of Hadlows Butchers, said stopping the parking could mean the end of his business.

He said many of his customers are older and come from further away, and would struggle to walk to the car park.

He said that he had not seen any collisions, though had seen buses struggling to get through and asked why First could not change the route.

“It could be the end of my livelihood. We’re all concerned,” he added.

Chrissie Bainbridge, business performance director for First Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire, said that of all the incidents in Titchfield, 27 per cent took place in the street in 2012 and 30 per cent in 2013.

The company has found no suitable alternative and Ms Bainbridge said if no solution was found, First would consider withdrawing the service.

• The meeting will take place today in the Parish Rooms, in The Square at 6.45pm.

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7:14am Fri 17 Jan 14

freakout says...

It's not the sevice that needs pulling ! First need to pull some of there miserable drivers off the buses!
It's not the sevice that needs pulling ! First need to pull some of there miserable drivers off the buses! freakout
  • Score: 2

8:06am Fri 17 Jan 14

kevinchandler100@talktalk.net says...

Your lucky you get a bus on time some of our in Southampton buses have one number on the front and a different one on the back ,and that's if they run on time. The buses are now a rip off.
Your lucky you get a bus on time some of our in Southampton buses have one number on the front and a different one on the back ,and that's if they run on time. The buses are now a rip off. kevinchandler100@talktalk.net
  • Score: 1

8:15am Fri 17 Jan 14

sotonbusdriver says...

freakout wrote:
It's not the sevice that needs pulling ! First need to pull some of there miserable drivers off the buses!
If passengers were less aggressive then the driver would be friendlier... It is a vicious circle..
Most drivers get nothing but abuse everyday, for things that are beyond their control, while the management get little.. The drivers are assaulted from both sides. The public give them a hard time, as to do the management who don't drive a bus with passengers, to know the problems that drivers get. The Company have made the timetables to tight on time, in order to get more work for less money.
[quote][p][bold]freakout[/bold] wrote: It's not the sevice that needs pulling ! First need to pull some of there miserable drivers off the buses![/p][/quote]If passengers were less aggressive then the driver would be friendlier... It is a vicious circle.. Most drivers get nothing but abuse everyday, for things that are beyond their control, while the management get little.. The drivers are assaulted from both sides. The public give them a hard time, as to do the management who don't drive a bus with passengers, to know the problems that drivers get. The Company have made the timetables to tight on time, in order to get more work for less money. sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 8

9:12am Fri 17 Jan 14

From the sidelines says...

If the people of Titchfield would prefer unfettered parking rather than a bus service, let them get on with it.

And when they're to old and decrepit to drive, they can whinge about what they've lost.
If the people of Titchfield would prefer unfettered parking rather than a bus service, let them get on with it. And when they're to old and decrepit to drive, they can whinge about what they've lost. From the sidelines
  • Score: 13

2:47am Sat 18 Jan 14

Mary80 says...

At times on single lane roads people park on both sides meaning the road shrinks by quite a bit which makes getting down it a nightmare. Oh boy try getting down Middle Road when its busy you'll be stuck there for friggin' hours thanks to selfish people. They need to stop cars parking on both sides during the peak of traffic it might stop it getting congested
At times on single lane roads people park on both sides meaning the road shrinks by quite a bit which makes getting down it a nightmare. Oh boy try getting down Middle Road when its busy you'll be stuck there for friggin' hours thanks to selfish people. They need to stop cars parking on both sides during the peak of traffic it might stop it getting congested Mary80
  • Score: 0

11:05pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Dave Of The South says...

It's called a mini-bus! That way it'll go through the clogged streets but probably be full up so no one can get on it!!
It's called a mini-bus! That way it'll go through the clogged streets but probably be full up so no one can get on it!! Dave Of The South
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