91-year-old bus user advised to check Twitter for updates

Essex County Standard: MP Brooks Newmark has complained to First on behalf of the pensioner MP Brooks Newmark has complained to First on behalf of the pensioner

A 91-year-old man who launched a petition to improve rural bus services after experiencing cancellations has been advised to check Twitter for updates.

The Gosfield pensioner, who uses a mobility scooter and asked not to be identified, drew up a petition asking for better services in the area after a First bus driver recently passed him at a bus stop.

He also alleges regularly he is regularly told he is not allowed on the buses, because they cannot take his scooter.

The petition has been signed by more than 30 villagers.

Halstead MP Brooks Newmark has now complained to the First bus group and said the company needed to “up their game” in their duty of care to the elderly.

See this week's Gazette, out today, for the full story.

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5:11pm Fri 16 May 14

Citizen 139 says...

Buses now need to carry mobility scooters eh? And how is that going to happen I wonder?
Buses now need to carry mobility scooters eh? And how is that going to happen I wonder? Citizen 139
  • Score: -3

5:59pm Fri 16 May 14

RMOFHT says...

Mr Brook if you are read this: You're pathetic to control this area that is why I had a enoughwith LabConLib I am go to vote for UKIP!
Mr Brook if you are read this: You're pathetic to control this area that is why I had a enoughwith LabConLib I am go to vote for UKIP! RMOFHT
  • Score: -22

6:09pm Fri 16 May 14

Reginald47 says...

RMOFHT wrote:
Mr Brook if you are read this: You're pathetic to control this area that is why I had a enoughwith LabConLib I am go to vote for UKIP!
You'll deserve what you get then!
[quote][p][bold]RMOFHT[/bold] wrote: Mr Brook if you are read this: You're pathetic to control this area that is why I had a enoughwith LabConLib I am go to vote for UKIP![/p][/quote]You'll deserve what you get then! Reginald47
  • Score: 21

9:08pm Fri 16 May 14

hughie-s says...

Citizen 139 wrote:
Buses now need to carry mobility scooters eh? And how is that going to happen I wonder?
By lowering the ramp and letting him go to the wheelchair space I expect.

The First Twitter feed is useless, eg " Service 25/25A subject to some disruption at the moment due to staff sickness. " Great but why not state which journeys are not running then you know not to go to the bus stop.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen 139[/bold] wrote: Buses now need to carry mobility scooters eh? And how is that going to happen I wonder?[/p][/quote]By lowering the ramp and letting him go to the wheelchair space I expect. The First Twitter feed is useless, eg " Service 25/25A subject to some disruption at the moment due to staff sickness. " Great but why not state which journeys are not running then you know not to go to the bus stop. hughie-s
  • Score: 12

7:28am Sat 17 May 14

stevedawson says...

Vote ukip in the euro's.but in locals well that really is a joke!
Vote ukip in the euro's.but in locals well that really is a joke! stevedawson
  • Score: -3

7:42am Sat 17 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Reginald47 wrote:
RMOFHT wrote:
Mr Brook if you are read this: You're pathetic to control this area that is why I had a enoughwith LabConLib I am go to vote for UKIP!
You'll deserve what you get then!
But do we really deserve what we have now?

Politics should reflect the broad views of the nation throughout their office and not just during the run up to elections which is something the main parties have all failed to do so UKIP are playing to the masses and it seems to be working! Will they deliver anything substantial?

Hopefully, if nothing else, they will make the main parties reconsider their approach. But I won't hold my breathe waiting for that to happen either.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RMOFHT[/bold] wrote: Mr Brook if you are read this: You're pathetic to control this area that is why I had a enoughwith LabConLib I am go to vote for UKIP![/p][/quote]You'll deserve what you get then![/p][/quote]But do we really deserve what we have now? Politics should reflect the broad views of the nation throughout their office and not just during the run up to elections which is something the main parties have all failed to do so UKIP are playing to the masses and it seems to be working! Will they deliver anything substantial? Hopefully, if nothing else, they will make the main parties reconsider their approach. But I won't hold my breathe waiting for that to happen either. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 2

8:53am Sat 17 May 14

catflap1 says...

RMOFHT wrote:
Mr Brook if you are read this: You're pathetic to control this area that is why I had a enoughwith LabConLib I am go to vote for UKIP!
and so rises the 4th Reich...............
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[quote][p][bold]RMOFHT[/bold] wrote: Mr Brook if you are read this: You're pathetic to control this area that is why I had a enoughwith LabConLib I am go to vote for UKIP![/p][/quote]and so rises the 4th Reich............... ... catflap1
  • Score: 6

1:22pm Sat 17 May 14

Lord Newbold says...

How wonderful of Brook Newmark MP, to be seen getting his picture in the press on the pretence of being concerned about the attitude of the First Bus Companies employee, to a member of the public. I would not mind, but MPs only seem to appear when some form of elections is taking place.

As for being concerned really, the conservatives deregulated the bus companies. When we had publicly owned buses, all services profitable or not kept to a regular timetable. Since deregulation, our bus services have gone to hit and miss services. We have had various amounts of legislation in relation wheel chairs and access on public transport. I recently visited one area of the UK were the Towns in the area have set up ring and ride, which is a fixed fee service, and collects elderly and infirm up at their home address, and takes them wherever they wish to travel within their own town. They visit supermarkets (various Ones) on different days of the week.
One day it will be Morrison’s, another day it will be Tesco, then ASDA.
Passenger, are dropped at the particular store, and have a two hours in which to shop and the transport returns to the drop-off/pickup point to collect its passengers.
Sorry I forgot to mention this is within an area controlled by labour councils.

Brook Newmark, will no doubt have plenty of sympathy for this anonymous 91-year young person. Unfortunately, we only ever find sympathy somewhere in a dictionary between Shiite / Sunni and Syphilis.
How wonderful of Brook Newmark MP, to be seen getting his picture in the press on the pretence of being concerned about the attitude of the First Bus Companies employee, to a member of the public. I would not mind, but MPs only seem to appear when some form of elections is taking place. As for being concerned really, the conservatives deregulated the bus companies. When we had publicly owned buses, all services profitable or not kept to a regular timetable. Since deregulation, our bus services have gone to hit and miss services. We have had various amounts of legislation in relation wheel chairs and access on public transport. I recently visited one area of the UK were the Towns in the area have set up ring and ride, which is a fixed fee service, and collects elderly and infirm up at their home address, and takes them wherever they wish to travel within their own town. They visit supermarkets (various Ones) on different days of the week. One day it will be Morrison’s, another day it will be Tesco, then ASDA. Passenger, are dropped at the particular store, and have a two hours in which to shop and the transport returns to the drop-off/pickup point to collect its passengers. Sorry I forgot to mention this is within an area controlled by labour councils. Brook Newmark, will no doubt have plenty of sympathy for this anonymous 91-year young person. Unfortunately, we only ever find sympathy somewhere in a dictionary between Shiite / Sunni and Syphilis. Lord Newbold
  • Score: 4

4:27pm Sat 17 May 14

hughie-s says...

stevedawson wrote:
Vote ukip in the euro's.but in locals well that really is a joke!
Have you read their local election leaflet? Cutting councillor's excessive allowances & expenses. Cut excessive pay deals for senior council staff. Limit number of highly paid council employees. Cut council's advertising & self promotion budgets. Return responsibility for roads to CBC. You don't agree with any of those??
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Vote ukip in the euro's.but in locals well that really is a joke![/p][/quote]Have you read their local election leaflet? Cutting councillor's excessive allowances & expenses. Cut excessive pay deals for senior council staff. Limit number of highly paid council employees. Cut council's advertising & self promotion budgets. Return responsibility for roads to CBC. You don't agree with any of those?? hughie-s
  • Score: 1

7:24pm Sat 17 May 14

Lord Newbold says...

Let us not criticise our wonderful political system Yes it has it faults, what system does not, even this UKIP and the GREENs have their problems.

Many people who refuse to vote cause most problems. A vote that is not cast is a vote, which has been lost. Our administrators have been pulling the wool over our eyes for years. Conservative have always been conservative. They conserve all they can for themselves. Liberals once a radicle and sensible party. Now they have become we will do everything for you party. They are light blue Tories. While labour has become more right wing than this UKIP, everyone is being fooled by a break away Tory sympathiser. If UKIP took all 649 seats in parliament, nothing would change.

The rich would become richer and the workers poorer while the unemployed would still be using food banks. Yet there would be plenty of monies for those who always are shouting for a hand-out.
Let us not criticise our wonderful political system Yes it has it faults, what system does not, even this UKIP and the GREENs have their problems. Many people who refuse to vote cause most problems. A vote that is not cast is a vote, which has been lost. Our administrators have been pulling the wool over our eyes for years. Conservative have always been conservative. They conserve all they can for themselves. Liberals once a radicle and sensible party. Now they have become we will do everything for you party. They are light blue Tories. While labour has become more right wing than this UKIP, everyone is being fooled by a break away Tory sympathiser. If UKIP took all 649 seats in parliament, nothing would change. The rich would become richer and the workers poorer while the unemployed would still be using food banks. Yet there would be plenty of monies for those who always are shouting for a hand-out. Lord Newbold
  • Score: 0

9:11pm Sat 17 May 14

cynicalsubber says...

hughie-s wrote:
stevedawson wrote:
Vote ukip in the euro's.but in locals well that really is a joke!
Have you read their local election leaflet? Cutting councillor's excessive allowances & expenses. Cut excessive pay deals for senior council staff. Limit number of highly paid council employees. Cut council's advertising & self promotion budgets. Return responsibility for roads to CBC. You don't agree with any of those??
Cut workers' rights. Abolish equal pay and maternity leave. No. I'm not conned by their pub bore populism; I see beyond it to the nasty party that they are.
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Vote ukip in the euro's.but in locals well that really is a joke![/p][/quote]Have you read their local election leaflet? Cutting councillor's excessive allowances & expenses. Cut excessive pay deals for senior council staff. Limit number of highly paid council employees. Cut council's advertising & self promotion budgets. Return responsibility for roads to CBC. You don't agree with any of those??[/p][/quote]Cut workers' rights. Abolish equal pay and maternity leave. No. I'm not conned by their pub bore populism; I see beyond it to the nasty party that they are. cynicalsubber
  • Score: 2

9:38am Sun 18 May 14

Catchedicam says...

Lord Newbold wrote:
Let us not criticise our wonderful political system Yes it has it faults, what system does not, even this UKIP and the GREENs have their problems.

Many people who refuse to vote cause most problems. A vote that is not cast is a vote, which has been lost. Our administrators have been pulling the wool over our eyes for years. Conservative have always been conservative. They conserve all they can for themselves. Liberals once a radicle and sensible party. Now they have become we will do everything for you party. They are light blue Tories. While labour has become more right wing than this UKIP, everyone is being fooled by a break away Tory sympathiser. If UKIP took all 649 seats in parliament, nothing would change.

The rich would become richer and the workers poorer while the unemployed would still be using food banks. Yet there would be plenty of monies for those who always are shouting for a hand-out.
Well said,,
[quote][p][bold]Lord Newbold[/bold] wrote: Let us not criticise our wonderful political system Yes it has it faults, what system does not, even this UKIP and the GREENs have their problems. Many people who refuse to vote cause most problems. A vote that is not cast is a vote, which has been lost. Our administrators have been pulling the wool over our eyes for years. Conservative have always been conservative. They conserve all they can for themselves. Liberals once a radicle and sensible party. Now they have become we will do everything for you party. They are light blue Tories. While labour has become more right wing than this UKIP, everyone is being fooled by a break away Tory sympathiser. If UKIP took all 649 seats in parliament, nothing would change. The rich would become richer and the workers poorer while the unemployed would still be using food banks. Yet there would be plenty of monies for those who always are shouting for a hand-out.[/p][/quote]Well said,, Catchedicam
  • Score: 3

10:14am Sun 18 May 14

wormshero says...

stevedawson wrote:
Vote ukip in the euro's.but in locals well that really is a joke!
Given that the history as MEPs shows them to take huge amounts of expenses while not turning up to vote on policies, surely voting for ukip in the euro elections is basically saying "we want less control over eu laws"?
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Vote ukip in the euro's.but in locals well that really is a joke![/p][/quote]Given that the history as MEPs shows them to take huge amounts of expenses while not turning up to vote on policies, surely voting for ukip in the euro elections is basically saying "we want less control over eu laws"? wormshero
  • Score: 2

10:55am Sun 18 May 14

Lord Newbold says...

While I do not read Twitter and I am much younger than this complainant, by some decade and a half, I would not know how to use “TWITTER” this word to the elderly means something different to us. This is another word has had its meaning changed from what we understood it to mean. Another word is “GAY” what it meant in our days. If someone had said, it is a “GAY” day it would have meant pleasant happy fun loving day. However, when Larry Grayson RIP, used it as a catch phrase “It’s a Gay Day” its interpretation was somewhat removed from its original understanding.

Everything changes, from time to time, sometimes for the better and other times for the worst. We have many examples over the years, like the word “SHEWN” is now “SHOWN” Just look how politics have altered. First, we had two Parties “WHIG” and “CONSERVATIVES” then we moved to “LIBERAL” and eventually “LABOUR”. Now we have more parties (Political) and over the years, they have all become so similar we are unable to really distinguish any difference between them.
If a trade unionist had fought has hard for their jobs like politicians fight to retain their seat. Politicians turned on them, saying they were the militant tendency, or Communists. It is time we had an “HAY DAY” whose original meaning has not been altered yet.
While I do not read Twitter and I am much younger than this complainant, by some decade and a half, I would not know how to use “TWITTER” this word to the elderly means something different to us. This is another word has had its meaning changed from what we understood it to mean. Another word is “GAY” what it meant in our days. If someone had said, it is a “GAY” day it would have meant pleasant happy fun loving day. However, when Larry Grayson RIP, used it as a catch phrase “It’s a Gay Day” its interpretation was somewhat removed from its original understanding. Everything changes, from time to time, sometimes for the better and other times for the worst. We have many examples over the years, like the word “SHEWN” is now “SHOWN” Just look how politics have altered. First, we had two Parties “WHIG” and “CONSERVATIVES” then we moved to “LIBERAL” and eventually “LABOUR”. Now we have more parties (Political) and over the years, they have all become so similar we are unable to really distinguish any difference between them. If a trade unionist had fought has hard for their jobs like politicians fight to retain their seat. Politicians turned on them, saying they were the militant tendency, or Communists. It is time we had an “HAY DAY” whose original meaning has not been altered yet. Lord Newbold
  • Score: 0

7:42pm Sun 18 May 14

Boris says...

Lord Newbold wrote:
While I do not read Twitter and I am much younger than this complainant, by some decade and a half, I would not know how to use “TWITTER” this word to the elderly means something different to us. This is another word has had its meaning changed from what we understood it to mean. Another word is “GAY” what it meant in our days. If someone had said, it is a “GAY” day it would have meant pleasant happy fun loving day. However, when Larry Grayson RIP, used it as a catch phrase “It’s a Gay Day” its interpretation was somewhat removed from its original understanding.

Everything changes, from time to time, sometimes for the better and other times for the worst. We have many examples over the years, like the word “SHEWN” is now “SHOWN” Just look how politics have altered. First, we had two Parties “WHIG” and “CONSERVATIVES” then we moved to “LIBERAL” and eventually “LABOUR”. Now we have more parties (Political) and over the years, they have all become so similar we are unable to really distinguish any difference between them.
If a trade unionist had fought has hard for their jobs like politicians fight to retain their seat. Politicians turned on them, saying they were the militant tendency, or Communists. It is time we had an “HAY DAY” whose original meaning has not been altered yet.
Thou dost speak passing well, I trow, my lord. Methinks thou hast shewn the way to go.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Newbold[/bold] wrote: While I do not read Twitter and I am much younger than this complainant, by some decade and a half, I would not know how to use “TWITTER” this word to the elderly means something different to us. This is another word has had its meaning changed from what we understood it to mean. Another word is “GAY” what it meant in our days. If someone had said, it is a “GAY” day it would have meant pleasant happy fun loving day. However, when Larry Grayson RIP, used it as a catch phrase “It’s a Gay Day” its interpretation was somewhat removed from its original understanding. Everything changes, from time to time, sometimes for the better and other times for the worst. We have many examples over the years, like the word “SHEWN” is now “SHOWN” Just look how politics have altered. First, we had two Parties “WHIG” and “CONSERVATIVES” then we moved to “LIBERAL” and eventually “LABOUR”. Now we have more parties (Political) and over the years, they have all become so similar we are unable to really distinguish any difference between them. If a trade unionist had fought has hard for their jobs like politicians fight to retain their seat. Politicians turned on them, saying they were the militant tendency, or Communists. It is time we had an “HAY DAY” whose original meaning has not been altered yet.[/p][/quote]Thou dost speak passing well, I trow, my lord. Methinks thou hast shewn the way to go. Boris
  • Score: 0

8:08am Mon 19 May 14

Rhinestone Cowboy* says...

You can always get a Horse or walk.
You can always get a Horse or walk. Rhinestone Cowboy*
  • Score: 0

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