Bus firm pulls service following pothole damage

Bucks Free Press: Bus firm pulls service route following pothole damage Bus firm pulls service route following pothole damage

BUS company Carousel has pulled one of its High Wycombe service routes after two buses were put out of action by potholes.

The firm has temporarily withdrawn its number 35 service which runs between High Wycombe and Loudwater because of the hazardous road conditions on Kingsmead Road.

Operations manager Noel Clark apologised to Kingsmead Road users for the temporary cut but said drivers “needed a Landrover not a bus” to get down the road after two buses were damaged by the potholes.

He said: “We run low-floor buses along that route to allow for easier access for wheelchairs and elderly bus users but we need a Landrover, not a bus, to get down there at the moment – it's awful.

“The route has been withdrawn for the time being, Buckinghamshire County Council has been informed and as soon as the roads are sorted we will put the service back on.

“We have had a couple of complaints from a few residents who waited at the bus stops before we could get the word out that it had been withdrawn.

“It's an important link for people but with the low-floor buses we cannot continue to go down there, which is an inconvenience for both bus users and us but it can't be helped”.

Area manager south for Transport for Buckinghamshire, Eric Meek, said Kingsmead Road, along with Totteridge Lane and Cressex Road, would be treated a week on Monday.

He added: “We are treating the the areas where large areas of potholes have been reported a week on Monday – we are now working out the plan for the crew.”

Buckinghamshire County Councillor Peter Cartwright said Carousel’s decision to suspend the service – which he said was subsidised by the council – had been a “unilateral action” and the council had not been notified before the announcement was made.

He said: “I just think it’s disappointing for residents – they are left high and dry for the sake of a week.

“I would have hoped they (Carousel) would have spoken to people before taking a decision – that’s not good customer relations.”

Cllr Cartwright added that repair work for the road had already been in the planning stages, and he had highlighted the pothole problems in an email to colleagues on January 3.

He said the reason for the delay was that specialist equipment and teams were needed to conduct a more substantial “plane and patch” repair, rather than simply fill in the holes.

Carousel confirmed it will continue to run regular services between Eden bus station and Loudwater along the London Road. Visit www.carouselbuses.com for more information.

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12:34pm Fri 22 Jan 10

Hit me says...

Excellent call. Its not a road any more - its a dirt track. I am considering setting uo a service using a horse and stage coach.....
Excellent call. Its not a road any more - its a dirt track. I am considering setting uo a service using a horse and stage coach..... Hit me
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12:40pm Fri 22 Jan 10

Slacker says...

Kingsmead Road does have hideous potholes. Its the worst I have seen so far.

THis is very unfortunate for the people of Flackwell who fought so hard to get the bus service back only to have it removed. There is still the bus to Wycombe along Daws Hill Lane but that is of no use to those needing to get to the Doctors Surgery in Loudwater.

Unfortunately they are not allowed to divert along through London Road due to subsidy rules but it is a shame they cannot allow it temporarily until they are repaired - after all if Kingsmead Road was closed due to an accident then it would divert down London Road anyway.

Is it too much to ask for the council to make this repair a priority?
Kingsmead Road does have hideous potholes. Its the worst I have seen so far. THis is very unfortunate for the people of Flackwell who fought so hard to get the bus service back only to have it removed. There is still the bus to Wycombe along Daws Hill Lane but that is of no use to those needing to get to the Doctors Surgery in Loudwater. Unfortunately they are not allowed to divert along through London Road due to subsidy rules but it is a shame they cannot allow it temporarily until they are repaired - after all if Kingsmead Road was closed due to an accident then it would divert down London Road anyway. Is it too much to ask for the council to make this repair a priority? Slacker
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12:58pm Fri 22 Jan 10

Marsh Wanderer says...

Could not blame them if they stopped the Micklefield buses next, there's so many potholes that i'm sure i saw a group of people with miners helmets, roped together waiting to go exploring when i drove past this morning
Could not blame them if they stopped the Micklefield buses next, there's so many potholes that i'm sure i saw a group of people with miners helmets, roped together waiting to go exploring when i drove past this morning Marsh Wanderer
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12:58pm Fri 22 Jan 10

TheT0nemeister says...

I do agree the roads are in a bad state, however some of the bus driving I have seen during these last few weeks has been nothing short of astonishing. I was trying to follow a bus this morning going round the back of Hugenden road and the driver was treating the bit of road like the Craner Curves at Donnington, I have a quick car and he certainly was pulling away from me round there, I am also certain he would give Jense Button a run for his money.
I do agree the roads are in a bad state, however some of the bus driving I have seen during these last few weeks has been nothing short of astonishing. I was trying to follow a bus this morning going round the back of Hugenden road and the driver was treating the bit of road like the Craner Curves at Donnington, I have a quick car and he certainly was pulling away from me round there, I am also certain he would give Jense Button a run for his money. TheT0nemeister
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2:57pm Fri 22 Jan 10

savethe305 says...

Well done Carousel buses for making a stand. If buses are getting damaged think what its doing to cars, ambulances, fire engines,motorcycles, pedal cycles and mums with prams trying to cross the road!!
We could do with some of those Carousel buses through Seer Green, where the roads have fewer potholes!!
Well done Carousel buses for making a stand. If buses are getting damaged think what its doing to cars, ambulances, fire engines,motorcycles, pedal cycles and mums with prams trying to cross the road!! We could do with some of those Carousel buses through Seer Green, where the roads have fewer potholes!! savethe305
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4:16pm Fri 22 Jan 10

Maverick140785 says...

The weather was bad no one could do anything about it. The council im sure are doing the best thet can do to fix the potholes, but this will not be over night. Can everyone stop moaning about it and get on with your lifes !!!
The weather was bad no one could do anything about it. The council im sure are doing the best thet can do to fix the potholes, but this will not be over night. Can everyone stop moaning about it and get on with your lifes !!! Maverick140785
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4:52pm Fri 22 Jan 10

Malc London says...

Sounds like poor driving to me, how fast were these buses going?.
Sounds like poor driving to me, how fast were these buses going?. Malc London
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5:15pm Fri 22 Jan 10

readerabc says...

have you seen the size of some of the "potholes"?
middlebrook road some have appeared that are a cars width!

as has london road, oxford road, new road and more...

i now drive everywhere at 10mph..maybe it is a traffic calming measure? reverse speed humps? speed dips??
have you seen the size of some of the "potholes"? middlebrook road some have appeared that are a cars width! as has london road, oxford road, new road and more... i now drive everywhere at 10mph..maybe it is a traffic calming measure? reverse speed humps? speed dips?? readerabc
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6:33pm Fri 22 Jan 10

Slacker says...

Maverick140785 wrote:
The weather was bad no one could do anything about it. The council im sure are doing the best thet can do to fix the potholes, but this will not be over night. Can everyone stop moaning about it and get on with your lifes !!!
Perhaps some people are trying to get on with their lives, but the bus service cannot get them to work.
[quote][p][bold]Maverick140785[/bold] wrote: The weather was bad no one could do anything about it. The council im sure are doing the best thet can do to fix the potholes, but this will not be over night. Can everyone stop moaning about it and get on with your lifes !!![/p][/quote]Perhaps some people are trying to get on with their lives, but the bus service cannot get them to work. Slacker
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8:35pm Fri 22 Jan 10

tigeran says...

Maverick140785 wrote:
The weather was bad no one could do anything about it. The council im sure are doing the best thet can do to fix the potholes, but this will not be over night. Can everyone stop moaning about it and get on with your lifes !!!
I take it you are perfectly alright then? Well thats ok then! Whats your name? Gordon Brown?!!!
[quote][p][bold]Maverick140785[/bold] wrote: The weather was bad no one could do anything about it. The council im sure are doing the best thet can do to fix the potholes, but this will not be over night. Can everyone stop moaning about it and get on with your lifes !!![/p][/quote]I take it you are perfectly alright then? Well thats ok then! Whats your name? Gordon Brown?!!! tigeran
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10:34pm Fri 22 Jan 10

chesham20 says...

Do you think the council are worried, no they don't give a toss.
Do you think the council are worried, no they don't give a toss. chesham20
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12:09am Sat 23 Jan 10

ferrellcat says...

readerabc wrote:
have you seen the size of some of the "potholes"? middlebrook road some have appeared that are a cars width! as has london road, oxford road, new road and more... i now drive everywhere at 10mph..maybe it is a traffic calming measure? reverse speed humps? speed dips??
Like that idea.A 1 in 2 gradient every 100 yards. Readerabc you are on to something. But it must be across the entire road and footpath.This will prevent smug drivers mounting the pavement to avoid humps,I have seen that,and it would stop me getting so irritated that I drive up the inside of drivers that use the middle of the road to avoid bumps.
[quote][p][bold]readerabc[/bold] wrote: have you seen the size of some of the "potholes"? middlebrook road some have appeared that are a cars width! as has london road, oxford road, new road and more... i now drive everywhere at 10mph..maybe it is a traffic calming measure? reverse speed humps? speed dips??[/p][/quote]Like that idea.A 1 in 2 gradient every 100 yards. Readerabc you are on to something. But it must be across the entire road and footpath.This will prevent smug drivers mounting the pavement to avoid humps,I have seen that,and it would stop me getting so irritated that I drive up the inside of drivers that use the middle of the road to avoid bumps. ferrellcat
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7:38am Sat 23 Jan 10

Malc London says...

Then you will clearly be liable in the event of any collision and could possibly be charged with driving without due care and attention.
Then you will clearly be liable in the event of any collision and could possibly be charged with driving without due care and attention. Malc London
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10:45am Sat 23 Jan 10

bakerbill says...

The roads in this part of Bucks are in far worse condition than the surrounding county's , as soon as you cross the county lines into Bucks you notice the difference ,for instance take the old A40 from the Oxford direction as you pass the Buckinghamshire sign you encounter far more potholes and a rougher road surface . It is plain for all the see that the roads in the over county's bordering Bucks are maintained to a much higher standard . Why is this , when we live in one of the richest parts of the UK .
The roads in this part of Bucks are in far worse condition than the surrounding county's , as soon as you cross the county lines into Bucks you notice the difference ,for instance take the old A40 from the Oxford direction as you pass the Buckinghamshire sign you encounter far more potholes and a rougher road surface . It is plain for all the see that the roads in the over county's bordering Bucks are maintained to a much higher standard . Why is this , when we live in one of the richest parts of the UK . bakerbill
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11:46am Sat 23 Jan 10

wooburnite says...

Thought the idea of Road Tax was partly to fund the building and maintenance of roads throughout the country. If that is the case then could my Road Tax be spent maintaining some of the diabolical roads in and around Wooburn Green please. (Or am I asking too much here??)
Thought the idea of Road Tax was partly to fund the building and maintenance of roads throughout the country. If that is the case then could my Road Tax be spent maintaining some of the diabolical roads in and around Wooburn Green please. (Or am I asking too much here??) wooburnite
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12:52pm Sat 23 Jan 10

u r what says...

main worry is will the potholes stop the bin collections
main worry is will the potholes stop the bin collections u r what
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2:18pm Sat 23 Jan 10

HolmerGreenResident says...

Maybe the workmen whole created the speed bumps could be asked to fill the holes in. The speed bumps are standing up to weather very well!
Maybe the workmen whole created the speed bumps could be asked to fill the holes in. The speed bumps are standing up to weather very well! HolmerGreenResident
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4:01pm Sat 23 Jan 10

towncryer says...

bakerbill wrote:
The roads in this part of Bucks are in far worse condition than the surrounding county's , as soon as you cross the county lines into Bucks you notice the difference ,for instance take the old A40 from the Oxford direction as you pass the Buckinghamshire sign you encounter far more potholes and a rougher road surface . It is plain for all the see that the roads in the over county's bordering Bucks are maintained to a much higher standard . Why is this , when we live in one of the richest parts of the UK .
Worst roads because we have worst council
Shakespeare is to blame for patchrepairs and not setting aside reserves for road repairs over past few years
Dont worry though we will blame govt and everyone else for it -- Typical Tory !!!
[quote][p][bold]bakerbill[/bold] wrote: The roads in this part of Bucks are in far worse condition than the surrounding county's , as soon as you cross the county lines into Bucks you notice the difference ,for instance take the old A40 from the Oxford direction as you pass the Buckinghamshire sign you encounter far more potholes and a rougher road surface . It is plain for all the see that the roads in the over county's bordering Bucks are maintained to a much higher standard . Why is this , when we live in one of the richest parts of the UK .[/p][/quote]Worst roads because we have worst council Shakespeare is to blame for patchrepairs and not setting aside reserves for road repairs over past few years Dont worry though we will blame govt and everyone else for it -- Typical Tory !!! towncryer
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7:40pm Sat 23 Jan 10

tigeran says...

towncryer wrote:
bakerbill wrote: The roads in this part of Bucks are in far worse condition than the surrounding county's , as soon as you cross the county lines into Bucks you notice the difference ,for instance take the old A40 from the Oxford direction as you pass the Buckinghamshire sign you encounter far more potholes and a rougher road surface . It is plain for all the see that the roads in the over county's bordering Bucks are maintained to a much higher standard . Why is this , when we live in one of the richest parts of the UK .
Worst roads because we have worst council Shakespeare is to blame for patchrepairs and not setting aside reserves for road repairs over past few years Dont worry though we will blame govt and everyone else for it -- Typical Tory !!!
I agree they are not entirely 'the best' but they are starved of funds by the government due it being a Conservative constituency. The real problem is Labour. Useless! worse than any Conservative government have EVER been and I dont vote Concervative before you go on!!
[quote][p][bold]towncryer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bakerbill[/bold] wrote: The roads in this part of Bucks are in far worse condition than the surrounding county's , as soon as you cross the county lines into Bucks you notice the difference ,for instance take the old A40 from the Oxford direction as you pass the Buckinghamshire sign you encounter far more potholes and a rougher road surface . It is plain for all the see that the roads in the over county's bordering Bucks are maintained to a much higher standard . Why is this , when we live in one of the richest parts of the UK .[/p][/quote]Worst roads because we have worst council Shakespeare is to blame for patchrepairs and not setting aside reserves for road repairs over past few years Dont worry though we will blame govt and everyone else for it -- Typical Tory !!![/p][/quote]I agree they are not entirely 'the best' but they are starved of funds by the government due it being a Conservative constituency. The real problem is Labour. Useless! worse than any Conservative government have EVER been and I dont vote Concervative before you go on!! tigeran
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5:18pm Sun 24 Jan 10

Steve Totteridge Hill says...

Hope they called HoC...
Hope they called HoC... Steve Totteridge Hill
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