Letter: Give would-be bus passengers a break and move this under-used shelter; VOICE OF THE NORTH.
A BUS pass should give OAPs the motivation to use our public transport services and hence help save the planet.
Not so in Walker Road, Newcastle, once used by pioneer trolley bus route 34 serving the Tyneside shipbuilding and engineering industries, where we now have ghost buses bypassing all too obvious bus shelters.
At the junction of Walker Road and Albion Row we have a fine shelter (number 15523) served bizarrely by just one bus per day (route 62B) at some unearthly hour.
As I found out on Wednesday, June 18, drivers on the hourly Go North East service 106 westbound to the Central Station will not observe this stop because it is judged too close to a right turn into Ford Street towards the Ouseburn area.
Consequently, the bus runs virtually empty, doubtless at vast public expense, and OAPs are faced with either a walk to Shields Road or down to the Quayside.
The bus shelter in question is apparently managed by Newcastle Council but maintained free of charge by the Adshel advertising company in return for advertising rights.
The obvious solution is to move the offending shelter a few yards eastward.
In the meantime, if this monolith can fox me, (who remembers Walker Road in its industrial heyday with frequent services operated by publicly owned corporation transport) what about the strangers in this increasingly "touristy" area who decide to wait for a bus to town?
An eternal wait for a Go-Ahead bus to nowhere!
ROGER HOWELL, Hexham, Northumberland.