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New bus stop is desperately needed near block of 85 flats

Readers' letters | Published:

The Coppice is a new-build block of 85 flats for older people in Bicton.

Since coming to live here two months ago it has been very difficult to use the local bus service (No 70), although it passes the entrance.

Most residents have disabilities and would find walking to the nearest bus stop impossible, distance wise, and because there is no footpath, apart from the short strip in front of the property which was laid recently, along with a central island to cross the road. A bus stop has been requested but Shropshire Council is slow to respond.

I take a taxi into town at present (expensive) and return by bus when I ask the driver to kindly stop at The Coppice.

Unfortunately, I have experienced mixed replies. One driver in particular has been very rude, wagging his finger and telling me there would never be a bus stop and saying he cannot stop because there isn’t one.

I had an anxious journey trusting he would stop recently as he said he would only stop, but only if it was safe to do so.

I was carrying two heavy bags of shopping but he didn’t even lower the platform. One driver said they are told not to stop.

Having spoken to customer services, who were very helpful, they are now going to put things in place and have also registered an official complaint.

So come of Shropshire Council, prove this jobsworth wrong and get us the bus stop we need.

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Eve Hardman, Bicton

Council response:

A spokesman from Shropshire Council has since said: “This is a commercial bus service but we’re happy to speak to the operator (Arriva) to seek their views on providing a bus stop at The Coppice.

“If they are willing to stop at this location we can then arrange for a bus stop to be placed there.”

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