Hundreds pack meeting over threat to scrap village bus route

Daily Echo: Hundreds pack meeting over threat to scrap village bus route Hundreds pack meeting over threat to scrap village bus route

THE BATTLE over buses in a Hampshire village raged on last night as hundreds of villagers packed into a meeting on the controversial issue.

Titchfield has been divided over what should be done about a Titchfield bus service, with one side defending the need for the service and the other backing the needs of village businesses.

It comes after First Bus called for more parking restrictions because its buses were getting damaged trying to squeeze through narrow roads.

However local businesses are against the idea as they fear fewer parking spaces will deter customers from shopping in the village.

Daily Echo:

Fighting to keep the service are Paula Weaver, Mike Gausden and Joyce Brien.

Last night more than 250 residents and business owners got the chance to tell Fareham Borough Council how they felt about the situation, leaving standing room only in the packed St Peter’s Church.

The 90-minute meeting heard views from all sides, focusing on the 4A bus service, which runs through South Street.

First Bus revealed that 34 per cent of all its accidents happened in the 150- yard road and said it would stop the service if parking restrictions were not introduced.

Councillor Sean Woodward, who chaired the meeting, told the Daily Echo that a parking survey would now be carried out, before proposals are drawn up on what regulations to put in place.

He said: “First Bus have promised to continue with the 4A service until we have reached a decision on what to do. There has to be a solution that works.

Daily Echo:

“We cannot kill the village in terms of its vibrancy and commerce, but equally we have to look after the quality of life for residents there.”

He added that a decision was likely to be made in the spring.

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8:17am Wed 26 Feb 14

Ozmosis says...

Two obvious solutions - double yellows and a traffic warden or First use smaller buses?
Two obvious solutions - double yellows and a traffic warden or First use smaller buses? Ozmosis
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8:41am Wed 26 Feb 14

sotonbusdriver says...

Ozmosis wrote:
Two obvious solutions - double yellows and a traffic warden or First use smaller buses?
Smaller buses, seem the obvious answer, but bear in mind the modern buses have to comply with disabled and mobility challenged passengers, Which means thy have to have wider aisles and low floor, which in turn makes buses wider by design..

At £150,000 a bus, it would involve a huge half Million Pound investment to buy special buses to accommodate 200 yards of road... No Company can afford or be expected to invest that amount of Capital into a 200 yard stretch of tarmac...

The answer is to control the cars, which have the opportunity to park away from the road and simply walk back to the road they need... But people want to park outside where they go and will not walk anywhere...

Double Yellows possibly will not be effective, as I expect those that park there, do so because of mobility and could use their rights under a blue badge to park for up to 3 hours,,, Without fines.

The drivers on those involved in accidents, under go strict and tight discipline from First after accidents, and drivers can loose their jobs over it, as it is always down to the driver, at the end of the day.
[quote][p][bold]Ozmosis[/bold] wrote: Two obvious solutions - double yellows and a traffic warden or First use smaller buses?[/p][/quote]Smaller buses, seem the obvious answer, but bear in mind the modern buses have to comply with disabled and mobility challenged passengers, Which means thy have to have wider aisles and low floor, which in turn makes buses wider by design.. At £150,000 a bus, it would involve a huge half Million Pound investment to buy special buses to accommodate 200 yards of road... No Company can afford or be expected to invest that amount of Capital into a 200 yard stretch of tarmac... The answer is to control the cars, which have the opportunity to park away from the road and simply walk back to the road they need... But people want to park outside where they go and will not walk anywhere... Double Yellows possibly will not be effective, as I expect those that park there, do so because of mobility and could use their rights under a blue badge to park for up to 3 hours,,, Without fines. The drivers on those involved in accidents, under go strict and tight discipline from First after accidents, and drivers can loose their jobs over it, as it is always down to the driver, at the end of the day. sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 5

9:20am Wed 26 Feb 14

freakout says...

They may loose there jobs ,but as we knmow they get reinstated!!
They may loose there jobs ,but as we knmow they get reinstated!! freakout
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6:50pm Wed 26 Feb 14

skeptik says...

loose?
loose? skeptik
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1:45pm Thu 27 Feb 14

dbart93 says...

Its funny how now there is complaints over buses being damaged etc. Before when it used to be the 57 that used that route there were no issues. Buses can get through there, maybe their drivers need retraining.
Its funny how now there is complaints over buses being damaged etc. Before when it used to be the 57 that used that route there were no issues. Buses can get through there, maybe their drivers need retraining. dbart93
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