Wasted minutes on our bus ride back to Bristol

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By The Bristol Post | Sunday, July 10, 2011, 19:04

O N an errand of mercy my wife and I made a journey to Penarth.

Our son, the chauffeur, drove us to the Marie Curie Rest Home to see our daughter, Jean. Her body frail, her voice barely audible.

Containing one's feelings was a great strain. We were not able to give her a hug, being afraid to do so. We were reluctant to leave but she could not keep her eyes open.

The following day we felt the need to have a bus trip choosing Bath as our destination.

Me being a disabled World War Two Veteran, found walking in Bath at my slow rate far harder than in Bristol city centre with not many flat or level places to be found.

We decided enough was enough, and took the first available bus back to Bristol.

What a ride. The driver, in his wisdom, pulled up five times en route to Bristol for no apparent reason.

Finally when approaching traffic lights on green he slowed right down. With cars and other vehicles passing us at a normal speed, he slowed down up to the red light. Analysing that, shall we say, three minutes at each stop made, could have been even four minutes, so five times that amount equates to 15 to 20 minutes of added pollution to the atmosphere.

Surely a case for the Health and Safety Executive, notwithstanding 15 to 20 minutes stolen from our lives, minutes we can't reclaim.

There must be many who feel as I do, robbed of what little time is left to us and it must be said those who implement this unnecessary time wasting exercise never have to use the buses, so the problem they initiate never touches them.

Are there many who feel as I do that monopolies such as First Bus should be made to toe the fairness line, not the current unfairness they deliver.

The bus from Bath was waiting to park when our connection, the 309 Thornbury, was reversing out from the bus station.

D J Davies RAF (rtd)

War Veteran

Northville Road




  • Profile image for eleanor8896

    Maybe the driver was feeling ill.Did anyone think to ask if there was a problem?.

    By eleanor8896 at 20:55 on 07/12/11

  • Profile image for Tiny_Steve

    This must have been upsetting. But I wonder whether Mr Davies asked the driver why he was going so slowly?

    Could it perhaps have been that the driver was trying to stick to the timetable despite there being less traffic than usual at this time of year?

    If First had altered the timetables to reduce the journey time I'm sure lots of people would have complained if, when traffic was busier, the bus was late.

    It's so sad that so few people can bring themselves to talk to fellow citizens nowadays, given that in all likelihood a simple explanation from the bus driver could have avoided Mr Davies getting so upset he felt a letter to the Post was in order.

    By Tiny_Steve at 22:07 on 10/07/11

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