Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bus Bosses Just Passing the Buck

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bus Bosses Just Passing the Buck

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Byline: By Kathy Secker

Isn't it funny how quickly those on the spot can pass the buck?

The commercial manager for Stagecoach Tyne & Wear said he had his route revision for the 12A bus "OK'd" by Nexus and so the remarkable inconsideration shown to the residents of Headlam Green in Byker is not Stagecoach's fault. It's to be laid at the door of regional transport managers, Nexus.

A missing bus stop wouldn't normally cause a controversy but when the bus stop was both adjacent and essential to a sheltered housing scheme you would have thought somebody somewhere might have taken the trouble to get out from behind a desk and see how it was used rather than how frequently it was used.

Of course, had they done so, they would have discovered the residents of Headlam Green now face a half-mile uphill walk to their homes, despite their hip replacements, Zimmer-frames and walking sticks.

Stagecoach can put whatever spin they like on it but the bottom line is the missing bus-stop is causing far more distress than any amount of money saved by the cut can justify.

Life is an uphill struggle for many of our pensioners and public transport is crucial to most of them.

I personally doubt that Nexus will either shoulder the blame or allow the present situation to continue.

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Prestige for sale

I'm frankly bemused by the Jesmond Road West, AKA Carlton Terrace, development. At a time when we all know property prices are overheating these fabulously luxurious homes are apparently being snapped up at a minimum of a million pounds a throw.

While I'm sure the development will restore the terrace to all its former glory, I'm not yet that convinced we have so many millionaires willing to live cheek by jowl for the prestige of a good address and easy access to the town. What I do detect is the whiff of a truly brilliant marketing campaign. It's amazing what people will buy when they are told they must have it.

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Don't ignore signs

Statistics are unequivocal. There are more children at risk from abuse in the North East than at any other time.

It is hopefully because we are picking up more of these cases earlier and not because we've become a region of serial child abusers. …

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