‘Gimme shelter’ at stop pleads fed up passenger

Joyce Mulgrew
Joyce Mulgrew

A COMMUTER tired of being left in the cold is calling for a much-needed bus shelter to be built in Buckshaw Village.

Joyce Mulgrew believes the housing and industrial development between Chorley and Leyland is springing up so fast that vital details are being forgotten.

The 57-year-old, who works at Thomas Consulting at the Matrix Park Industrial Estate, said a shelter was in the pipeline before the route was even created, but she’s yet to see any work being done.

She said: “It seems that the Buckshaw Village development is moving forward so fast, that the small details are being missed off. But that’s what matters to people, and it makes a big difference.”

Joyce has been campaigning for years for Lancashire County Council to erect the promised shelters on Dawson Lane, but has now reached a dead end, and wants some answers.

“I don’t know what to do anymore,” she said. “I’m not asking for much. I don’t want anything fancy, just a shelter to keep out the elements.

“I’ve spoken to so many people about this over the years,but I’m not getting anywhere. I don’t understand what the hold-up is because it was always planned for there to be a shelter there.”

Joyce, who uses the bus stop five days a week, has been through her fair share of umbrellas over the winter months, and has been left waiting for more than half an hour for buses in some instances.

She said: “The Fishwick and Stagecoach services alternate every half an hour, but if they’re ever late, it’s a nightmare.”

She added: “I’d feel safer if there was a bus shelter there too. When it’s dark, it’s quite intimidating standing out in the open space at the side of the road.”

Joyce says the bus stop, which is situated outside the Bobbin Mill pub, is used by a number of workers in the area, and she’s suggested that a shelter further down the road could be moved to the more popular spot. I never see anybody using the shelter on Wigan Road. And I don’t think it would cost much money to move it.

A county council spokesman said: “We are currently discussing this issue with colleagues at South Ribble Borough Council.

“We will be better placed to comment when those discussions are concluded.”