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‘A vomit-stained derelict site from a war zone, littered with cigarette ends and weeds’ was the damning assessment of Fort William Bus Station this week.
Kinlochleven bus user and campaigner Julie McDonald’s condemnation of the town’s bus station followed a recent meeting of Lochaber Transport Forum, which discussed the issue.
Ms McDonald was also scathing about timetables with incorrect information sometimes being left up for long periods at bus stances across Lochaber.
She also slated the electronic timetable sign at Fort William Bus Station for inaccurate information being displayed for long periods of time.
‘At one point something like 143 timetables provided were out of date,’ she told the Lochaber Times.
‘And the electronic noticeboard at Fort William Bus Station has been out of date for ages.
‘The town’s main bus station is a disgrace. The weeds get to about two feet high before anything is done about them.
‘Recently someone came along with flamethrowers while people were going in and out of the shelter, which was crazy. But the weeds are just growing back.
‘The place looks like a derelict site in a war zone. There’s often vomit and excreta smeared across the glass. It’s frequently filthy with debris lying everywhere and piles of cigarette ends. The drain overflows making two or three of the stances unusable when it rains, unless you are prepared to wade about in water and sewage up over your shoes.
‘At night, thanks to the dim lighting at the station, it feels like a no-man’s land.
‘Fort William Bus Station does not seem to be on anyone’s maintenance list. They all blame each other – Highland Council, HITRANS and the Transport Commissioner always arguing over who is responsible for providing up-to-date timetables.
‘And to think passengers taking the train or bus from Glasgow and wanting to then catch a bus from Fort William are greeted by horrors like that. What must they think if it’s their first experience of the Highlands?
‘I think the message it gives out is that Lochaber is certainly not open for business. They are styming economic growth with their lack of action.
‘The condescension is breathtaking. Highland Council is meant to supply facilities bus operators can use which are in a clean and safe condition. But they’re falling down on every aspect.’
CAPTION: Kinlochleven bus user Julie McDonald who has been complaining about the state of the bus station for many years. Pictures: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
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