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Near Miss of the Day 321: Another close pass from Stagecoach bus driver

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's Lancashire...

We’ve published a few close passes involving buses in our Near Miss of the Day series in recent weeks, one of them from reader Phil back in August who a couple of weeks ago experienced another overtake in which a Stagecoach bus driver came dangerously close.

Speaking of his most recent experience, Phil told us: “I was cycling home from a Sunday run, on 5th October, and cycling past Red Scar industrial estate in Preston, when a Stagecoach bus driver decided to overtake me as I approached a pinch point with a pedestrian crossing island.

“He was still passing me as I cycled through the pinch point, so that should tell you how close he was to me.

“I caught up with him at the next bus stop. As I stopped next to his window, he opened the window and before I could speak, he told me to get on the cycle path. It was a waste of time trying to reason with him as he kept repeating for me to get on the cycle path.

“It was done completely on purpose, to teach me a lesson. The incident was reported to the inspector at Preston bus station but I haven’t heard anything since. I emailed the police officer I’ve dealt with previously, and had no response.

“Last time I emailed the Stagecoach CEO, who didn’t get back to me, but a few days later got someone else to send me a Dear John email which addressed nothing. So he is a waste of time too.

“So basically the bus drivers can drive like idiots, use the bus as a weapon to intimidate vulnerable road users, and nobody gives a shit.”

Phil continued: “Sooner or later a Stagecoach driver will kill a cyclist, that is for sure. The downside is, my wife now worries every time I go out, and after 37 years of cycling and being a very confident rider, I am now considering altering my rides to avoid areas on a bus route.

“I am even considering taking the bike in the car to the countryside, and having a quiet ride in the country rather than a loop from home, which sort of defeats the object of riding rather than using the car,” he added.

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Over the years has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] or send us a message via the Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Curlybarz | 4 years ago

I had the same issue a few years ago in Ebbw Vale with a Stagecoach driver. He also mentioned I should use the cycle path... So I gave him a smack... A lesson taught the hard way.

ktache | 4 years ago

Keep it up though biker phil, future generations may thank you.

Rik Mayals unde... | 4 years ago

Since I sent this footage to road cc, I had a stock reply from Stagecoach which read almost word for word the same as the  last close pass by a Stagecoach driver. I sent back a rather sarcastic reply pointing this out, and the fact that the promised response to the first incident never arrived. This week I hav received a reply from Stagecoach, the manager stated she had viewed the footage and she admitted she was shocked by the drivers actions, and that the driver would be seen formally under the companies disclipline policy. 


However, I know that I will be close passed again by a Stagecoach driver. I think it is deeply ingrained in their drivers. 

TriTaxMan | 4 years ago

I have had a similar experience with Stagecoach, and their general apathy towards vulnerable road users.

Cycling along a rural B Road with a friend on a quiet Sunday morning, riding 2 abreast, and a Stagecoach bus comes barreling up behind the two of us, on the approach to a blind corner as shown in the picture.  The driver sits no more than a couple of feet behind us for the 15 seconds it takes us to get to and round the corner.

As soon as we were round the blind corner, the bus driver comes past us, blaring the horn, and passes within about 6" of my bike, and deliberately cuts in sooner than was safe to do so, despite the fact that there was plenty of room to pass.

I sent an e-mail to the local stagecoach depot and got the usual cut and paste response of

"I am very disappointed that our driver has driven in such a manner which is clearly wholly unacceptable.  We train our drivers extensively and a large part of that training centres on road safety and driving in such a manner falls way below the standards we expect from our employees.  From the information provided the driver was identified and apprproiate remedial action has been taken to ensure this does not happen again."

lesterama | 4 years ago
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Also make a formal complaint if the police officer does not take appropriate action. 

grumpyoldcyclist | 4 years ago

The only option left then is to start emailing the Traffic Commisioner with the footage and details of the incident and subsequent conversation. Tell them about the response, or lack of, from the company and also send details from the Highway Code about overtaking vulnerable road users. As you do this also copy in the CEO of Stagecoach and the Inspector at the depot.

The Traffic Commisioners do, I believe, have the power to revoke operator licences and whilst it's unlikely for this one incident with such a large company, you may find a sudden upsurge in interest in dealing with your complaint if Stagecoach realise that you are not happy with their ignorance.

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