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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 4th January, 2020)


A double decker decided to use Wallgate Station to do a u-turn, and it was pretty close, both with and height wise. Expert driving.

Photo: Brian  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Veronica on 4th January 2020 at 09:42

I wonder, looking at the very old iron 'pole' which would have come off worse? The driver was confident enough to know though!
It doesn't look as if there are any passengers inside!

Comment by: Ray Smyth on 4th January 2020 at 10:29

This bus may have been on a
"Rail Replacement Service" and
entered Wallgate Station to unload
anything up to 80 passengers.
The bus driver, not being a local,
may have been looking for the station
across the road...North Western.

Comment by: Philip G. on 4th January 2020 at 11:38

I can't recall any undue concern during my bus journeys - so skillful were the bus drivers.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 4th January 2020 at 12:01

What emergency caused the driver to have to do a u-turn there - on a traffic-light junction? Sorry, Brian, but unless the driver was under Police direction, I wouldn't call it 'expert driving' to be carrying out such a manoeuvre. It's a good job no registration or fleet numbers are visible, or this driver would be called in for a good talking-to.

Comment by: Garry on 4th January 2020 at 13:30

The bus has reverse cameras fitted, it's so easy and safe to reverse.
But totally agree with rev Long.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 4th January 2020 at 15:03

Ray - if you're inferring that the bus is coming out from under the canopy of Wallgate Station, the driver would have had to enter off Wallgate itself - where there are No Entry signs forbidding it - apart from the fact that getting a full-length bus in that way would be hard enough, the ornate brackets at the top of the columns would make it risky for a 'decker even if the canopy is high enough.

Comment by: Ken R on 4th January 2020 at 17:57

Look Ma. No problema.

Comment by: Poet on 4th January 2020 at 19:08

It's not a bus. It's a buzz.
And it gets parked in a garridge!

Comment by: Arthur on 4th January 2020 at 20:03

At 19:08. Idiotic words from a unintelligent silly person with no meaning.

Comment by: Anne on 4th January 2020 at 21:07

Ray you can't miss Wigan North West station.
I have to agree with the Rev.

Comment by: Poet on 4th January 2020 at 22:04

You've just about got me there Arthur! All the best to you my friend.

Comment by: Pat McC on 4th January 2020 at 22:14

Would it be parked in Nigel Farridge's garridge Poet?

Comment by: Arthur on 5th January 2020 at 07:06

I am so happy that my comment made sense. All the best.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th January 2020 at 08:53

Whatever the driver's mistake with his intentions - ( poor fellow) he would have had to drive forward in the end and go down Library St. It looks like he needed to be a bit more to the right, and that's why he's backing up - am I right?

Comment by: Inspector Blakey on 5th January 2020 at 09:01

I hope the driver does not sacked because of this photo and comments.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th January 2020 at 09:23

If he hadn't ' backed up' he would have knocked the traffic light down on the other side of the road.

Comment by: Poet on 5th January 2020 at 09:46

Hee hee. That's made my morning Pat .Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.

Comment by: Garry on 5th January 2020 at 13:50

Was you the driver, Inspector Blakey?

Comment by: Veronica on 5th January 2020 at 14:42

What do you think he was doing Garry? Coming out and going back under the canopy? Or what ?
I remember being in a 'tight spot' years ago when I first passed my test, I was terrified!

Comment by: Pw on 5th January 2020 at 17:51

Garry.his name was Stan Butler.Veronica we have all made serious errors when driving and nearly caused accidents but not many admit to them.Garry you seemed to have been very competent driver in your lorry but how do they drive monsters on these roads which were made for very little traffic.Glad I do not drive much these days.Have another good year Garry

Comment by: Garry on 5th January 2020 at 21:30

Well, Pw good point, the HGVs and buses of today are much easier to drive than say the 1960s. They have much larger rear view mirrors, automatic adjustment from a switch, power steering, full air brakes, reverse cameras and so on etc etc.
But you still have to concentrate 100%, yes we have all made driving errors and mistakes sometimes in our life. I think vehicle technology has got much better and safer, but in my opinion driving as got worse. All the best Pw.

Veronica, it's very hard to tell with a still photo if he or she is going forward or back, these days the modern rear LED lights on buses have the reverse lights,rear lights and brake lights built in each lamp unit.
I hope this makes sense because I've had a sherry or two.
Cheers Veronica.

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