Here is the PTE's map as provided on its non-leaflets.
So it transpires that THIS stop on Tickhill Road ...
Public transport bosses spent almost £6,000 installing a bus shelter on a road where no buses run replacing an old pole in with a covered stand and seats. But changes made to timetables earlier this year meant services no longer call at the stop.
The blunder was spotted by resident James Rodgers (pictured), who said: “How thoughtful of SYPTE to have provided a place to sit and wait for no bus!"
James (39) obtained the amount spent on the redundant stop using freedom of information laws. The SYPTE response revealed that the shelter and seats cost £4,482 and installation was a further £1,452; making a total of £5,934.
James said: “I had noticed that the stop was no longer served by buses and had a notice on the pole to say it was no longer in use. Then, to my surprise, I found the pole was gone and had been replaced by a brand new shelter complete with seats. It’s another example of where SYPTE doesn’t have knowledge of the local area.”
A spokeswoman for SYPTE said: “Part of the planning approval for the new Home Bargains store cited improvements to the stop on Tickhill Road. Buses used the stop when we agreed the installation of a shelter and it was paid for by the property developer. We are seeking permission to move the shelter to Hamilton Road, where it will benefit residents and those shopping at the store. We are also reviewing our installation processes to prevent this, where possible, from happening again.”
As if to compound the bludner, SYPTE cannot manage to spell the stop name properly on the shelter's "label".
We all make mistakes - fbb makes plenty as his critics are rightly quick to point out - but many of the Local Authority blunders derive from a simple lack of practical on-street knowledge of what they are dealing with; too much reliance on a computer screen, too little experience of reality.
Some would suggest that fbb should be kinder to the hard pressed staff in PTE towers, as opined by Alexander Pope in his "essay on Criticism" ...
[Technical note: "join" was pronounced "jine" in Pope's day.]
But it can be hard to forgive a potential waste of six grand - whoever foots the bill. Remember that the bus stop was already labelled "out of use" when the lads turned up to plant the new one!
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