Workmen left red-faced after ‘Bus Stob’ gaffe

Cambridgeshire County Council contractors misspell BUS STOP

Cambridgeshire County Council contractors misspell BUS STOP - Credit: Archant

Bus drivers and passengers had to look twice after spotting that revamped road markings in St Ives had been misspelt by workmen.

Cambridgeshire County Council contractors misspell BUS STOP

Cambridgeshire County Council contractors misspell BUS STOP - Credit: Archant

The workmen, who were contracted by Cambridgeshire County Council, were left red-faced when it was noticed that they had painted ‘BUS STOB’ on the road near Rutland Close, St Ives.

A small group of bemused onlookers watched as the workers made the gaffe, earlier this month, using the stencilled letter B instead of a P to spell the word ‘stop’.

Anthony Barraclough, of Burleigh Road, St Ives, who was told about the incident by a friend, said: “My friend was waiting for a bus when they saw the workman come along to paint over the road markings that were there.

“One of them pointed out that it was wrong and they had corrected it to read bus stop, but when he had walked away they had then reinstated it as ‘bus stob’.


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“If these workers can’t spell bus stop correctly then we have an issue – it is to do with the quality of work.

“Is somebody having a laugh or do they believe that it is difficult to spell,” added Mr Barraclough.

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A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We are always grateful when the public share their experiences with us. In this case, the contractor recognised the error, and temporarily corrected the lettering, they will return to rectify the matter, at their own cost.”

Since The Hunts Post spoke to the council the mistake has been rectified.

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