Buses fail to turn up on new timetable say school pupils


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SCHOOL children say they were stranded at a bus stop today after two buses failed to turn up on the second day of the new timetable system.

Around eight pupils say they were late for school after waiting more than 40 minutes for the number 3A service from Lowestoft Road, Wymering.

They say two buses scheduled to arrive at the stop – one at 7.52am and a second at 8.17am – failed to turn up, meaning the pupils could not get to King Richards School, Paulsgrove, in time for registration at 8.25am.

Casey Iveson, 13, of Mablethorpe Road, Wymering, waited at the stop from 7.40am.

But it was only when her next-door neighbour drove past at 8.20am and offered her a lift that she was on her way to school.

Her nan Josephine Faunders, 69, also of Mablethorpe Road, Wymering, said: ‘It’s just not good enough, all these children waiting a bus stop not knowing when the next bus will turn up.

‘They will be in trouble at school now for being late when it wasn’t even their fault.’

Operators First Hampshire and Dorset Ltd said they have tracking devices fitted to all buses and are looking into the claims.

It comes on the first working day of a new timetable system across the network which has seen most services running through Portsmouth, Waterlooville, Fareham and Gosport, replaced with entirely new services.

First introduced the changes aimed at improving the network yesterday, after a series of public consultations and weeks of publicising the move.

Speaking about the reaction the changes have had from the public this morning Karen Baxter, from First, said: ‘It’s a mixed bag at the moment.

‘People don’t like change so we’ve had a lot of negative comments, but we’ve had lots of positive ones too.

‘We’re taking them all on board.’