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Bus firm blasted for bad service

PUBLISHED: 10:15 08 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:05 25 August 2010

A grandfather has blasted bus company bosses for tendering for a route and then not bothering to send its drivers around the whole course. Arthur Pease, 77, of Carlton Place, Sidcup, is angry that the 233 route from Eltham to Swanley is diverted away from

A grandfather has blasted bus company bosses for tendering for a route and then not bothering to send its drivers around the whole course.

Arthur Pease, 77, of Carlton Place, Sidcup, is angry that the 233 route from Eltham to Swanley is diverted away from Jubilee Way, at the back of Sidcup Station, until December because of the gasworks at the front of the station.

Mr Pease, who works at the The Corps of Commissionaires at the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn in Holborn, says all other bus routes are still serving Jubilee Way so Arriva bosses have no excuses.

He said: "A lot of elderly people get on the bus in Jubilee Way. Now we have to cross the road and go to Longlands Road where the buses shoot down like missiles. They are not providing that service and they asked for it. They should carry out the route. They are the only ones using the gasworks as an excuse.

"I have spoken to drivers on the other routes including the 160, 286 and the 492, and they say there are no problems whatsoever with the route. The 233 drivers have no argument whatsoever. I have offered to go with the bosses on the whole route from Eltham to Swanley to show them but they just sent a curt letter."

Arriva's marketing manager Richard Lewis said: "As a result of ongoing gas mains works service 233 buses are currently being diverted at Sidcup Station in order to help maintain reliability whilst these and subsequent utility works take place.

"The buses towards Swanley serve temporary stops in Longlands Road instead of running via the normal Sidcup Station stops in Jubilee Way, from where other more frequent services continue to provide a link between the station and Sidcup town centre.

"Like all services in the London area, the 233 is run under contract to Transport for

London and Arriva's buses are running on the revised route at the request of TfL."

A spokesperson for TfL referred the Times' enquiries to Arriva.


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