Bus hits shelter in Darlington

NEAR MISS: Council workers clear up broken glass from a damaged bus stop on Tubwell Row, Darlington after a bus collided with the stop. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

NEAR MISS: Council workers clear up broken glass from a damaged bus stop on Tubwell Row, Darlington after a bus collided with the stop. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

First published in News by , Reporter (Darlington)

SHOCKED bystanders were showered with glass when an Arriva bus struck a shelter in Darlington.

It happened on Tubwell Row at about 1.45pm today (Friday, August 8) when the number two Branksome bus tried to straighten up at the stop but hit the top corner of the shelter.

The structure bent and caused a large glass pane to shatter.

Nobody was injured in the incident and council workers were on site within minutes to clear up the mess.

Maureen Lees, 79, was waiting underneath the shelter when it shattered.

She said: “We wondered what on earth was going on; all of a sudden all this glass came down.

“There was a lady next to me and we both had glass on our clothes and in our hair, but we were okay, just a bit shocked.”

Mrs Lees added that many people around her commented that the incident bolstered the argument for the need for a designated bus station in Darlington.

“It was just too busy at the stops, especially when you get all these buses from out of town, they need somewhere safe to stop,” she said.

Comments (14)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:09pm Fri 8 Aug 14

oliviaden6 says...

AGAIN AND AGAIN! When will we get what the public want and need a bus station, It is a miracle that no one has been killed or maimed in Darlington with all these buses double parking blocking roads and the devil may care attitude of the companies.
AGAIN AND AGAIN! When will we get what the public want and need a bus station, It is a miracle that no one has been killed or maimed in Darlington with all these buses double parking blocking roads and the devil may care attitude of the companies. oliviaden6
  • Score: 29

8:52pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Quaker Boy says...

The ideal opportunity to build a bus station would be where the new multi storey car park is going to be built for this alleged new cinema etc.

The bus station could be on the ground floor with 2 or 3 levels above for cars. It would be ideal for people coming into town by bus for both the new leisure development and shopping. Would then free up the town centre of these busses and the pollution they cause. Think though this is too good an idea for this useless Council and the idiots who make these decisions.
The ideal opportunity to build a bus station would be where the new multi storey car park is going to be built for this alleged new cinema etc. The bus station could be on the ground floor with 2 or 3 levels above for cars. It would be ideal for people coming into town by bus for both the new leisure development and shopping. Would then free up the town centre of these busses and the pollution they cause. Think though this is too good an idea for this useless Council and the idiots who make these decisions. Quaker Boy
  • Score: 34

9:29pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Awake-in-Darlo says...

On the subject of Public Transport need for a town the size of Darlington,
too many buses at each stop as we know, and passengers standing very close to the kerb and traffic cannot be satisfactory. Thankfully no-one was hurt in this incident. ALSO provision for private coaches opposite the town hall (side of the Dolphin Centre) is nothing to be proud of. No information or clock. Filthy pavement and tatty surroundings, lights broken and no litter bins. However, are shiny ads for the Council-run cafe inside the Dolphin Centre where timetables should be ! Not a great introduction for anyone alighting in the town and needing directions to find a taxi or a bus stop. I do believe there is no place to book a coach
journey anyway, as we have no transport info office any more.
Plan a Transport Interchange before cinema etc ? Surely ?
On the subject of Public Transport need for a town the size of Darlington, too many buses at each stop as we know, and passengers standing very close to the kerb and traffic cannot be satisfactory. Thankfully no-one was hurt in this incident. ALSO provision for private coaches opposite the town hall (side of the Dolphin Centre) is nothing to be proud of. No information or clock. Filthy pavement and tatty surroundings, lights broken and no litter bins. However, are shiny ads for the Council-run cafe inside the Dolphin Centre where timetables should be ! Not a great introduction for anyone alighting in the town and needing directions to find a taxi or a bus stop. I do believe there is no place to book a coach journey anyway, as we have no transport info office any more. Plan a Transport Interchange before cinema etc ? Surely ? Awake-in-Darlo
  • Score: 13

9:39pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Cypress says...

Nothing to do with the need for a bus station, this is just another example of poor driving by staff employed by Arrivia, its not the first accident involving their drivers and it won't be the last, the questions regarding a bus station irrelevant, its the quality and abilities of the drivers that should be examined in this case.
Nothing to do with the need for a bus station, this is just another example of poor driving by staff employed by Arrivia, its not the first accident involving their drivers and it won't be the last, the questions regarding a bus station irrelevant, its the quality and abilities of the drivers that should be examined in this case. Cypress
  • Score: 1

11:01pm Fri 8 Aug 14

DL5opinion says...

Cypress wrote:
Nothing to do with the need for a bus station, this is just another example of poor driving by staff employed by Arrivia, its not the first accident involving their drivers and it won't be the last, the questions regarding a bus station irrelevant, its the quality and abilities of the drivers that should be examined in this case.
Some of the drivers need some education.
#5A driver this afternoon decided to sit in the yellow box outside the Odeon at Darlington, whilst stuck at a red light.
#11 driver this afternoon drove round the corner onto Tubwell Row and pipped his horn at a pedestrian that was already in the road before the bus got to the bend.
[quote][p][bold]Cypress[/bold] wrote: Nothing to do with the need for a bus station, this is just another example of poor driving by staff employed by Arrivia, its not the first accident involving their drivers and it won't be the last, the questions regarding a bus station irrelevant, its the quality and abilities of the drivers that should be examined in this case.[/p][/quote]Some of the drivers need some education. #5A driver this afternoon decided to sit in the yellow box outside the Odeon at Darlington, whilst stuck at a red light. #11 driver this afternoon drove round the corner onto Tubwell Row and pipped his horn at a pedestrian that was already in the road before the bus got to the bend. DL5opinion
  • Score: 15

11:12pm Fri 8 Aug 14

darloboss says...

arriva drivers really are very poorly trained and also very ignorant
arriva drivers really are very poorly trained and also very ignorant darloboss
  • Score: 20

11:35am Sat 9 Aug 14

bones26 says...

this is the second time this bus shelter has been hit in recently
this is the second time this bus shelter has been hit in recently bones26
  • Score: 4

2:07am Sun 10 Aug 14

david l. reed says...

Really I would not blame the drivers they have a lot on their plate, the only real answer is a bus station as most of the towns in the North East have.
Darlington is totally lacking in this facility and it's about time that both Darlington Council and Arriva accepted this situation and acted.
Awake-in Darlo above sums it all up.
Really I would not blame the drivers they have a lot on their plate, the only real answer is a bus station as most of the towns in the North East have. Darlington is totally lacking in this facility and it's about time that both Darlington Council and Arriva accepted this situation and acted. Awake-in Darlo above sums it all up. david l. reed
  • Score: -2

10:03am Sun 10 Aug 14

Blankface says...

darloboss wrote:
arriva drivers really are very poorly trained and also very ignorant
And yet you come out with an ignorant comment.
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: arriva drivers really are very poorly trained and also very ignorant[/p][/quote]And yet you come out with an ignorant comment. Blankface
  • Score: -5

3:39pm Sun 10 Aug 14

darloboss says...

Blankface wrote:
darloboss wrote:
arriva drivers really are very poorly trained and also very ignorant
And yet you come out with an ignorant comment.
truth hurt ?
[quote][p][bold]Blankface[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: arriva drivers really are very poorly trained and also very ignorant[/p][/quote]And yet you come out with an ignorant comment.[/p][/quote]truth hurt ? darloboss
  • Score: 5

4:42pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Cypress says...

david l. reed wrote:
Really I would not blame the drivers they have a lot on their plate, the only real answer is a bus station as most of the towns in the North East have.
Darlington is totally lacking in this facility and it's about time that both Darlington Council and Arriva accepted this situation and acted.
Awake-in Darlo above sums it all up.
I wouldn't call driving and not crashing as a lot to ask of any bus driver, and as for a bus station, if it was located somewhere near Feathams and no buses stopped in the town and only at the bus station there would soon be complaints of having to walk back into town to shop and back to the station to catch a bus, you know what the people of Darlington are like they almost all need to be spoon fed....
[quote][p][bold]david l. reed[/bold] wrote: Really I would not blame the drivers they have a lot on their plate, the only real answer is a bus station as most of the towns in the North East have. Darlington is totally lacking in this facility and it's about time that both Darlington Council and Arriva accepted this situation and acted. Awake-in Darlo above sums it all up.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't call driving and not crashing as a lot to ask of any bus driver, and as for a bus station, if it was located somewhere near Feathams and no buses stopped in the town and only at the bus station there would soon be complaints of having to walk back into town to shop and back to the station to catch a bus, you know what the people of Darlington are like they almost all need to be spoon fed.... Cypress
  • Score: 5

4:42pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Blankface says...

darloboss wrote:
Blankface wrote:
darloboss wrote:
arriva drivers really are very poorly trained and also very ignorant
And yet you come out with an ignorant comment.
truth hurt ?
Since when has an ignorant comment been the truth?
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blankface[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: arriva drivers really are very poorly trained and also very ignorant[/p][/quote]And yet you come out with an ignorant comment.[/p][/quote]truth hurt ?[/p][/quote]Since when has an ignorant comment been the truth? Blankface
  • Score: -4

6:26pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Miss 99 says...

We had a bus station in Darlington and nobody used it. People complained that the elderly had to walk to far to catch a bus the same as down by the side of wilkinson a it was too far to walk!!!! Yes I understand that there is slot of buses use the centre of town and it is very congested but it needs better planning not a waste of money building another bus station for it not to be used!!!!
We had a bus station in Darlington and nobody used it. People complained that the elderly had to walk to far to catch a bus the same as down by the side of wilkinson a it was too far to walk!!!! Yes I understand that there is slot of buses use the centre of town and it is very congested but it needs better planning not a waste of money building another bus station for it not to be used!!!! Miss 99
  • Score: 0

4:35am Wed 13 Aug 14

SirLance says...

Build the bus station right in front of the Dolphin center! Reduce the 'unused area' of the market. Toilets at the Dolphin center too! Not far to walk for anyone needing 'town center'.
Build the bus station right in front of the Dolphin center! Reduce the 'unused area' of the market. Toilets at the Dolphin center too! Not far to walk for anyone needing 'town center'. SirLance
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree