Ban noisy and empty double deckers, says councillor
"NOISY" double deckers should be banned from a route through Gloucester, according to the area's councillor.
Andrew Gravells, Gloucestershire county councillor for Abbeydale and Abbeymead, said the buses are often empty.
He said: "The number five is quite a good service in general, but I just don't see why there are so many double decker buses on this route.
"I live in Abbeydale, right on the bus route, and virtually every time a double decker goes by my home there is nobody at all sat upstairs.
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"These larger buses are noisier than single deckers, seem to break down more frequently, and are definitely unpopular with most of the people I talk to. We just don't have the volume of passengers to need them here.
"I've been in discussions with Stagecoach in an effort to persuade them to run more modern and comfortable single decker buses on this bus route.
"I really think it's time Stagecoach did us all a favour here and made an effort to put on some buses which don't look as if they've just come off the ark."
The number five bus service runs from the city centre, to Abbeydale, Abbeymead and into to Upton St Leonards.
Colin Smith, of Abbeymead, said: "It does not really affect me. However it does look very odd to have double deckers going around the area.
"I would understand if the buses were going to long-distance places, but this is just a local estate."
Resident Moira Pratt, 57, said: "I use the buses on a regular basis and the double deckers tend not to be very user-friendly for parents with pushchairs and those in wheelchairs. The single ones often allow the pushchair and wheelchair to slide on easily.
"In the past I have seen people wait for the next bus because they are not able to get on to the double decker."
Sian Evans, from Upton St Leonards, said "It doesn't bother me that they're double deckers, but it does bother me that they're half empty."
A spokesman for Stagecoach West said: “Bus operators are the professionals who decide what type of bus is relevant to a particular service based on passenger demand. It is actually the case that we have received complaints when single deck buses have been used on Service 5.
“This does seem quite a strange comment from Councillor Gravells as it was he who recently requested the doubling of the size of the bus shelter on Market Parade due to the number of people using Service 5.”