Welwyn Garden City passengers ‘concerned’ after bus driver takes a wee break

PUBLISHED: 14:24 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:24 19 October 2018

Buses at Welwyn Garden City bus station. Picture: Mia Jankowicz

Buses at Welwyn Garden City bus station. Picture: Mia Jankowicz

Mia Jankowicz

A bus driver raised eyebrows when he was caught short midway through his journey in Welwyn Garden City.

The erratic driving of the 403 service departing from Welwyn Garden City bus station at 8.35am had already caused comment between passengers.

Then he stopped on Leigh Common, leaving the engine running, taking his cash box and calling out “I’m going for a wee”, before popping into a residential house.

Two or three minutes later he was back with his sandwiches but no cash box, which passengers kindly reminded him to fetch.

There is currently no toilet for bus drivers at Welwyn Garden City station, although if they ask nicely they occasionally use the toilet at nearby Bebo’s cafe, which is otherwise for customers only.

A spokesperson for Arriva buses, which operates the service, did not comment on the state of the driving but said: “Our company stance is that if a driver needs a comfort break he or she is permitted to stop, provided the safety and comfort of those on board is prioritised.

“We ask that, if a driver chooses to stop for a comfort break, he or she ensures the bus is switched off, the cash or valuables are taken with them, and the bus doors are left open.”

The passenger, pointing out that they had been on a busy schools route last week, said: “The erratic driving was clearly so he could allow himself time for a stop off at his house.”

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