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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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You can take the low road

Stagecoach Cumbria has suggested that Court Square, outside Carlisle railway station, could house the city’s new bus station.

The company feels the existing bus station at Lonsdale Street is not fit for purpose.

Managing director Nigel Winter said: “We have opened a waiting room, installed bum perches in the shelters and done some painting and general tidying up. But it’s not a 21st-century facility and it never will be.”

Some interesting points there, not least the use of the phrase “bum perches”.

Does he mean seats?

Renaming something to reflect its exact function could catch on.

Perhaps “bum perches” occurred to Mr Winter one night in the thing you lie down and close your eyes on.

In other bus-related news, Asda has launched a free shuttle bus for shoppers travelling to its Carlisle store from the city centre.

The route, operated by Wigton-based Reays, runs from Lonsdale Street to Asda at Kingstown.

Asda’s initial timetable mentioned several stops between the city centre and the shop.

These included “Lowly Hill Road”.

Oh dear. This was supposed to be Lowry Hill Road.

Lowry Hill is one of the city’s more well-to-do areas.

Reiver suspects that the locals would not take kindly to their area being referred to in this way.

Call them anything, but please... not “Lowly”.

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