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WITH PHOTO EVIDENCE - Bus route could be axed in ‘selfish parking’ row

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

Midland Classic bus unable to move due to parked cars..

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A BUS company has threatened to axe its route through a Burton street after one of its vehicles was left stranded for 50 minutes due to ‘selfish parking’.

Photographic ‘evidence’ was taken by the driver of the number 9 Midland Classic which became trapped in Norton Road, Horninglow, after a Ford Fiesta parked too close to another car.

The 4.20pm bus was travelling to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital before heading to Ashby. Now the bus company says it will consider taking the service away from Norton Road if the problem continues.

James Boddice, manager of Midland Classic, said: “It is about passengers losing confidence in the service. They don’t know why the bus has been delayed so think twice about using us, when this is out of our control.

“I want drivers to think of others. People rely on the bus and emergency services. It has a knock-on effect.

“This tends to happen a lot. We normally get incidents at schools, especially at Edgehill Junior School and in Church Gresley, and William Allit, where drivers just stop on the road making it difficult for us to get by.”

In the latest incident, Mr Boddice said the car owner could not be traced in Norton Road and it was suspected he may have parked there to avoid using the hospital’s car park. It was 50 minutes before the owner finally emerged.

Mr Boddice said: “When he came back to his car, he didn’t even look at the driver, he just got in and drove off. He was completely oblivious to the problems he had caused.

“We had to call the police in the end but just as they arrived, the car moved so they didn’t see it, which was a shame.”

There was only one passenger on the bus at the time, who eventually got off.

The next bus was 30 minutes behind and was told to go down to Calais Road and Belvedere Road.

Mr Boddice added: “If this continues down Norton Road, we will pull the service away. Norton Road is a hill and people at the top end won’t have service. It is just selfish parking.

“There are normally cars parked on the road, but never normally like that - all because of one inconsiderate person.”

The bus company kept its passengers update via social media later saying: “Owing to how late the bus is we have no choice but to start it at Beauford Road Top towards Ashby. It will therefore not call at Burton and Brizlincote Valley.”

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