‘Disgusting’: Bridge bus shelter smashed again

cobden bridge bus shelter smashed 6 6 24Following this week’s damage to the bus shelter by the McCarthy Stone flats on Cobden Bridge, the shelter by Priory Road has again been smashed soon after its latest repair, and one in Portswood has also reportedly been damaged.



Article continues after this message...

Those waiting for the number 20 bus on Thursday morning by the retirement flats on Cobden Bridge stoically avoided the heap of glass that had been swept from the pavement. .

Meanwhile the pavement and cycle lane by the next stop along, by the Priory Road crossroads, was again strewn with debris from that shelter.

cobden bridge bus shelter smashed 6 6 24

Pedestrians walked gingerly around the fragments.

One St Denys resident, who didn’t want to be named, had just missed the bus from that stop.

She said she was shocked to see the damage.

“Disgusting isn’t it? That someone has got nothing more on their brain than to go along doing this. You know, their life must be really empty.”

She added: “I went to Sainsbury’s on Tuesday morning, and I got off the bus, and they’ve done both panels there.”

Martin from Bitterne Park, who was walking over the bridge towards Portswood on Thursday morning, said: “It’s just mindless vandalism. It’s pointless. What does it serve?”

Although the stops are manged for the council by Clear Channel, Richard Tyldsley, Bluestar general manager, told bitternepark.info:

“It’s disappointing and concerning that the actions of a mindless person or group of people have resulted in damaged waiting areas for our passengers - and broken glass affecting other pavement users as well.”

A spokesperson for Clear Channel said: "Clear Channel UK was made aware of the damage involving a number of our bus shelters in Southampton this week.  Our operatives attended the sites upon receiving notification to make them safe.  The team is assessing the damage to the shelters and the shelters will be repaired per our agreement with the council."

Bitterne Park councillors and Hampshire constabulary have also been contacted for comment. We’ll endeavour to update if they respond.

cobden bridge bus shelter by mccarthy stone 6 6 24
The bus shelter by McCarthy Stone retirement flats on Cobden Bridge on Thursday, with pile of glass

We're reader powered! Please help us keep publishing today...

Our local news is currently free to view, but not to produce. Join people just like you who already chip in to keep our site going by becoming a 'Good Friend' supporter for just £2.99 a month - or more if you can.

Use the subscribe button below using a debit or credit card securely via PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account - just use the "Pay with Debit or Credit Card' option, when you click the 'Subscribe' button below, on the next screen. There's no obligation to open a PayPal account. Or use your existing PayPal account if you prefer. Or even better, contact us to set up a standing order so we get all your sub rather than PayPal taking a percentage.

Click here for other options/to set up a standing order - and help us keep on keeping on.

It's appreciated!

Subcription Options


Alternatively make a one-off donation here - you don't need a PayPal account for this option either.