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Ilminster pensioner says buses make his life a misery too
AN Ilminster pensioner says he has to keep his curtains drawn most of the day to stop bus passengers looking into his home.
Geoffrey Beck, 81, of Orchard Vale, claims buses park for up to four minutes in a space outside his property to ensure they don't arrive early at their next scheduled stop.
The problems started when the 30A bus route was altered to match the route of bus 30, leading to a timetable change.
Before the change there was only a bus stop on the opposite side of the road to his property, but now vehicles are also parking directly outside his home as a 'timing point'.
His complaint follows a similar one by Jo Seely at Riec-sur-Belon Way.
Mr Beck says he has has been waking up early in the morning due to the rumbling of the engines while drivers wait.
Mr Beck said: “We only had them stopping on the one side of the road before, but now I more or less have to keep the curtains permanently closed.
“I also think it's very narrow for two buses to pass – there's a safety issue as well as a privacy issue. The buses have been coming through the town since I was a boy and I'm over 80 now - I just don't see why they had to change it.”
A spokesman for bus company First said: “Our customer service team isn't aware of a complaint having been made by Mr Beck.
“We'd urge him to contact us directly if he wishes to raise any concerns about the local service, and we'll then consider what can be done to resolve the issues that he has.”
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