Well done – to just one bus firm
I would like to congratulate and thank Centrebus (especially its drivers) for managing to run its late-night bus services in Leicester during the inclement weather on Friday.
It was a big help and greatly appreciated. Sadly, both Arriva and First took the decision to cancel their services en masse from about 6.30pm or 7pm.
I accept some of Arriva's services operate to more rural locations, which would have no doubt been more difficult to serve.
However, the mass suspension of services within the city appeared to be a knee-jerk reaction by First and Arriva.
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From early afternoon, most of the roads around were the city centre were jam-packed with cars.
No doubt people had heard weather forecasts and, even if they normally travelled by other means (bicycle, bus and so on) opted to get the car out.
On top of that, large numbers of people left school and work early, which compounded the gridlock.
The widespread traffic queues must have made it very difficult for gritting lorries to get around the city.
Perhaps all the people in the cars were doing the right thing – if you can't rely on the bus to get you home, maybe the only option is to drive?
Good for Centrebus for managing to do something that Leicester's big boy bus operators could not or would not? do and remembering to put people first.
Nicola Fuller, Leicester.
We made it to Friday night's Leicester City football match against Middlesbrough – but this was how empty it was at 7.20pm (see picture below).
It took us two-and-a-half hours from Thurmaston and it took nearly an hour to get from the Space Centre to B&Q, Abbey Lane. My son Billy and husband Bill got out of the car by the old cannon museum and walked the rest of the way.
The traffic was at a standstill at times. We can never understand why this happens every time it snows.
We had enough warnings, but it just seems like people leave it until the last possible minute to sit in their cars, huffing and puffing at the traffic.
Pam Nethercot, Thurmaston.
(An open letter to the community of the Masjid Umar mosque in Evington Road, Leicester).
I want to thank your community for the most amazing selfless act that happened on Friday night – it has truly moved me and has changed my attitude and I am feeling very humble today. Let me explain why.
Along with most of Leicester, I was crawling home at a snail's pace and was facing the long hill of Evington Road. What I saw in front of me was truly wonderful.
There were many Muslim men, wrapped up and facing icy winds and freezing temperatures, stopping the traffic to guide cars out of side roads, to make sure the traffic flowed and pushing the more modern computerised cars up the hill.
They were putting themselves in front of heavy vehicles that could have slid and crushed them – still they carried on.
I knew my old car would make it – no computer to tell it not to.
I chugged up the hill, but also saw your men pushing the less able and the whole event really opened both my eyes and my heart.
It didn't matter who was in these cars – black, white, any creed and any colour, all were assisted, without any prejudice.
At 52, I have grown up with prejudice in my heart.
My cousin was blown up in a market in Afghanistan, serving his Queen and country, so my prejudice was strengthened even further.
A bit of snow and community spirit has changed my outlook on many things. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Annie Ward-Pearson, Leicester.
Why do schools have to close when we have some snow?
Head teachers say that is for the safety of the pupils and staff. Rubbish!
What are the pupils doing around this area now – snowballing, sledging and building snowmen!
If all employees adopted the same attitude as teachers, where would the country be?
Teaching is an essential service, as are the hospitals, police, ambulance service – I bet they are all working.
If some employees do not go to work because of snow they get their pay docked. Will teachers lose a day's pay? You bet they won't.
Come on teachers. Do the job you are paid to do. So you may have to cover for a colleague who really cannot get in to school.
When I was at school we did not have school closures. If our school bus didn't turn up on time (due to the diesel freezing) we had to start walking (five miles for us) and when the bus finally arrived we rode the rest of the way.
Our teachers used to cover two classes in adjacent classrooms – they never thought of not turning up.
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