Search

Companies slammed over bus shelter

PUBLISHED: 10:04 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 05 July 2010

An MP has condemned Tesco and the area's main bus company for continuing to leave Lowestoft shoppers exposed to the elements, four months after he first complained about the situation.

An MP has condemned Tesco and the area's main bus company for continuing to leave Lowestoft shoppers exposed to the elements, four months after he first complained about the situation.

Bus passengers who shop at the town's main Tesco supermarket at Leisure Way have had to trudge to a temporary bus stop after a shelter in the main car park was declared out of bounds since work was carried out.

This work has now finished, but First Eastern Counties bus company has refused to let its vehicles go back into the car park because of safety fears caused by a new layout of parking spaces.

Waveney MP Bob Blizzard, who was first made aware of the problem at a public meeting in July, said: “I have been raising this issue for months and I'm furious that the situation has still not been resolved.

“With the cold weather and dark nights drawing in, it's even more unacceptable that pensioners and families have to cart their heavy bags out onto Leisure Way and then wait in the wind and rain for a bus. I see absolutely no reason why First's buses should not enter the car park area. After all, Anglian buses still do.

“Good public transport facilities are a vital planning requirement for superstores, so it's ridiculous that First is still claiming the car park isn't safe enough.”

Mr Blizzard said he planned to meet with Tesco bosses next week to try to resolve the problem.

First Eastern Counties' spokesman Gussy Alamein said: “Our absolute priority is safety for both our passengers and the public. The current car park layout is simply not conducive to the safe passage of buses.

A spokesman for Tesco said: “We are looking forward to meeting Mr Blizzard and will happily listen to what he has got to say.”

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Lowestoft Journal

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists