Freeloaders hitch a ride on Doncaster hospital bus

The Fred and Ann Green shuttle bus.
The Fred and Ann Green shuttle bus.

A free hospital shuttle bus is being overrun by freeloaders on shopping trips and has also seen fights between passengers.

Security guards could now be called in to stop the problems on the Fred and Ann Green Legacy bus, which patients, staff and visitors can use for free between Montagu Hospital and Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Service users told a public meeting in Mexborough Resource Centre heard passengers had been fighting on the bus, while two young men also had to be thrown off for smoking on the back seat.

There has also been numerous reports in the last month of people shamelessly using the service for free to travel to Doncaster town centre for shopping trips.

Mexborough man Jeff Wademan, a member of the Fred and Ann Green Legacy Sub-Committee, said the bus is for patients, hospital visitors and staff to use only and not for general public use.

He told residents at last Thursday’s Partners And Communities Together (PACT) meeting: “I have personally seen people young and old using it to do their shopping.

“It should be used if you are going to the hospitals and nobody else.”

Another resident, who did not want to be named, said: “I was told two passengers had to be taken off by security for fighting.”

Another man added: “Two lads were thrown off for smoking on the back seat near Pastures Road in Mexborough.”

The bus is paid for through the £11.5 million fund left by Mexborough residents Fred and Ann Green in the late 1990s.

Mr Wademan, 81, said if the problem continues the committee may look at asking hospital bosses for security staff to guard the buses.