LETTER: A warning about slippery bus stops

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Dear Sir, I thought I should bring to your readers’ attention an issue in relation to raised bus stops (or buspads) which Lincolnshire County Council installed a number of years ago at Wide Bargate in Boston.

I had an accident in September 2012 when I slipped on one of those buspads. I stepped off the bus and was just walking off the buspad whenI slipped and fell and sustained injuries.

The Brylaine Travel bus driver was very helpful and he told me that he had reported the slippery state of these buspads on three occasions.

Having spoken to other people in Boston, I understand that there are quite a number of people who have fallen.

I have brought this to the attention of Lincolnshire Council which has denied any responsibility for my accident.

Although it accepts that the buspads become slippery it maintains that that is because material has been deposited on to the buspad from nearby trees, either sap or wet leaves.

All I can say is that the buspads are highly slippery, especially when it has been raining.

Lincolnshire County Council says it has no duty to remove substances (withthe exception of snow or ice). I had a very unsympathetic response from the county council.

I am concerned that other (perhaps more vulnerable) people than myself might injure themselves and this letter is a warning for all to take great care.

If any of your readers have slipped on the buspads then I should be most grateful to hear from them as frankly I consider this situation to be a scandal.

Maureen Pick

Boston