This is, or was as I now should say, the bus stop on the Newton Road by the junction of Regent Close. Not only was it a bus stop, it was also a Timing Point. You know, one of those places that the bus stopped at even though no one was standing there and waited for no apparent reason. It was also a place where drivers changed over. Again if you travel by bus you will know the feeling when the bus pulls into the stop and one driver gets out of the cab and an other takes over. Great though the job is we have to give it a rest now and then. Some drivers can change over in less than a couple of minutes, some take what seems a couple of hours though the longest I ever saw a driver take was 23 minutes. It is amazing how hard some people will work in order not to actually do any work.
Any way, the council decided that having the stop just at the traffic lights was not the best place and moved it 100 yards closer to Torquay. So now it stands, unused and ignored. After long years standing proudly at the side of the road, it's shelter, depending which way the wind was blowing, keeping the waiting passengers dry. School children have used it's windows to practice their handwriting on, some times using words I wouldn't want my maiden aunt to see. They have used the shelter to do pull ups from in the utter boredom spent waiting for ever for the bus to turn up. How many have had their first cigarette there, egged on by their peers? The bus stop flag, on top of it's pole boldly proclaiming it's status; a place for buses to stop, has been, without cerermony removered and discarded. It's timetable, which for years has both informed and baffled the traveling public like wise had gone. Never again will any one stand there looking in the direction of Newton hoping against hope that their bus would be on time or now and then that it would even turn up. I myself have used this stop over 2500 times on my way home from work so I have some feeling for its demise.
Sooner or later the council will remember it and the bulldozer will be dispatched to remove the shelter and flag pole and all signs that a proud bus stop once stood here. When that happens I hope that the council will recognize the contribution it has made to the people of Torquay and erect a suitable memento to note it's passing.