Shopper shuttle launches in Sutton High Street

This Is Local London: L-R: Buggy driver Junior Johnson, Successful Sutton chief executive Ross Feeney, Successful Sutton project manager Vicky Barrett L-R: Buggy driver Junior Johnson, Successful Sutton chief executive Ross Feeney, Successful Sutton project manager Vicky Barrett

If you find the walk from one end of the High Street to the other a struggle then the solution to your problems could have arrived.

Successful Sutton has launched a new shopper shuttle that will carry people up and down the High Street for free whether they are hunting down Christmas gifts or just getting the everyday essentials.

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One of the buggies in action

The Enjoy Sutton Shuttles are buggies that can carry several people and their shopping at a time and will call at a several stops along the town's main shopping area during December and January.

It is the first time a shuttle scheme has been used on a pedestrianised area in London. The shuttles are temporary to begin with but could become

Successful Sutton chief executive Ross Feeney said: "Sutton has a long sloping high street and the hill can discourage shoppers from walking its length. We hope shoppers will enjoy Sutton and make use of the free shuttle service and that it will encourage them to visit all of the High Street.

"The service will initially run throughout December and January to help with Christmas and New Year shopping, when it can be particularly cold and wet, but if the service is popular we will look at something more permanent."

The scheme launched on Monday. One buggy will run from 10am to 4pm on Monday's Tuesdays and Wednesday, from 10am to 6.30pm on Thursday and 10am to 3.30pm on Friday and Saturday while a second buggy will run from 10.30am to 7pm on Thursday, 10.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays and 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday.

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Two buggies will run at peak times

 


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5:55am Tue 3 Dec 13

lilacgeorge says...

Can these accommodate folding wheelchairs??? Me & my Mum rarely go up the high street cos I find it hard work pushing a wheelchair from bottom to top end…..(and no she's not a large lady) or is it mainly for people with legs that can walk???

Or Whilst I'm on the subject…are Sutton Council like everyone else….forget people with disabilities (and pushchairs) at Christmas?? We accidentally knocked a display down in a shop on Saturday because we couldn't get down any aisles with the wheelchair!!! Last year (Xmas) we were in M&S and they had put loads of boxes down the wide isle so we couldn't get down there so we went to another till that we were assured would accommodate a wheelchair with trolley only to find the trolley got jammed between the isles! We couldn't reverse back because when attached it is impossible to do that with the trolley, and we couldn't go forward! I couldn't reach the trolley to take it off and when an assistant finally came to our aid she couldn't reach either! Finally in frustration when I finally manage to unclip the trolley I had to physically lift the trolley in the air (they are not light!!!) up and over the till……did anyone help???? No they were to busy bloody laughing!
Why do shops have to pile loads of boxes and items in the isles???
Can these accommodate folding wheelchairs??? Me & my Mum rarely go up the high street cos I find it hard work pushing a wheelchair from bottom to top end…..(and no she's not a large lady) or is it mainly for people with legs that can walk??? Or Whilst I'm on the subject…are Sutton Council like everyone else….forget people with disabilities (and pushchairs) at Christmas?? We accidentally knocked a display down in a shop on Saturday because we couldn't get down any aisles with the wheelchair!!! Last year (Xmas) we were in M&S and they had put loads of boxes down the wide isle so we couldn't get down there so we went to another till that we were assured would accommodate a wheelchair with trolley only to find the trolley got jammed between the isles! We couldn't reverse back because when attached it is impossible to do that with the trolley, and we couldn't go forward! I couldn't reach the trolley to take it off and when an assistant finally came to our aid she couldn't reach either! Finally in frustration when I finally manage to unclip the trolley I had to physically lift the trolley in the air (they are not light!!!) up and over the till……did anyone help???? No they were to busy bloody laughing! Why do shops have to pile loads of boxes and items in the isles??? lilacgeorge

6:12am Tue 3 Dec 13

Nibrows says...

This is a nice idea, I hope the service gets used by people that need it and not people that think its a bit of fun!!

A great service already provided in sutton which my mother uses is the Shop-mobility http://www.suttonsho
pmobility.org.uk Although not free it's a great addition to the disabled community in Sutton.
This is a nice idea, I hope the service gets used by people that need it and not people that think its a bit of fun!! A great service already provided in sutton which my mother uses is the Shop-mobility http://www.suttonsho pmobility.org.uk Although not free it's a great addition to the disabled community in Sutton. Nibrows

7:49am Tue 3 Dec 13

Her.out.there says...

Nice idea, but I'm wondering how many pedestrians will be injured trying to get out of the way of a moving vehicle in the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers.
Nice idea, but I'm wondering how many pedestrians will be injured trying to get out of the way of a moving vehicle in the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers. Her.out.there

9:38am Tue 3 Dec 13

emelem says...

Nibrows says...
This is a nice idea, I hope the service gets used by people that need it and not people that think its a bit of fun!!

...or people who are just plain lazy :p a bit of exercise could benefit quite a few residents of sutton.
Nibrows says... This is a nice idea, I hope the service gets used by people that need it and not people that think its a bit of fun!! ...or people who are just plain lazy :p a bit of exercise could benefit quite a few residents of sutton. emelem

1:19pm Tue 3 Dec 13

LiberalsOut says...

Her.out.there wrote:
Nice idea, but I'm wondering how many pedestrians will be injured trying to get out of the way of a moving vehicle in the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers.
and idiot cyclists who think the Hight Street is their right of way
[quote][p][bold]Her.out.there[/bold] wrote: Nice idea, but I'm wondering how many pedestrians will be injured trying to get out of the way of a moving vehicle in the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers.[/p][/quote]and idiot cyclists who think the Hight Street is their right of way LiberalsOut

2:22pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Her.out.there says...

I went to the shops in my lunch break, walked out of the store and almost got run over by this coming past the Christmas marquee. I did have a giggle, considering my earlier post.
I went to the shops in my lunch break, walked out of the store and almost got run over by this coming past the Christmas marquee. I did have a giggle, considering my earlier post. Her.out.there

7:45pm Tue 3 Dec 13

lilacgeorge says...

Would love to know why someone has 'disliked' my post…..???
Would love to know why someone has 'disliked' my post…..??? lilacgeorge

12:54am Wed 4 Dec 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Good luck to the driver, I have enough trouble getting my little 4 mph Shoprider through all those stalls and craft tents cluttering up the pedestrianised High Street.
Good luck to the driver, I have enough trouble getting my little 4 mph Shoprider through all those stalls and craft tents cluttering up the pedestrianised High Street. Michael Pantlin

1:00am Wed 4 Dec 13

Michael Pantlin says...

lilacgeorge wrote:
Can these accommodate folding wheelchairs??? Me & my Mum rarely go up the high street cos I find it hard work pushing a wheelchair from bottom to top end…..(and no she's not a large lady) or is it mainly for people with legs that can walk???

Or Whilst I'm on the subject…are Sutton Council like everyone else….forget people with disabilities (and pushchairs) at Christmas?? We accidentally knocked a display down in a shop on Saturday because we couldn't get down any aisles with the wheelchair!!! Last year (Xmas) we were in M&S and they had put loads of boxes down the wide isle so we couldn't get down there so we went to another till that we were assured would accommodate a wheelchair with trolley only to find the trolley got jammed between the isles! We couldn't reverse back because when attached it is impossible to do that with the trolley, and we couldn't go forward! I couldn't reach the trolley to take it off and when an assistant finally came to our aid she couldn't reach either! Finally in frustration when I finally manage to unclip the trolley I had to physically lift the trolley in the air (they are not light!!!) up and over the till……did anyone help???? No they were to busy bloody laughing!
Why do shops have to pile loads of boxes and items in the isles???
About a year ago on a Shoprider trip to Sutton Asda a seating bench and a large waste bin hitched themselves to the rear of my vehicle because a couple of shoppers would not give me room to manoeuvre despite having the option to if they had switched on their brains and consideration facility. Some folks had a good laugh at that too.
[quote][p][bold]lilacgeorge[/bold] wrote: Can these accommodate folding wheelchairs??? Me & my Mum rarely go up the high street cos I find it hard work pushing a wheelchair from bottom to top end…..(and no she's not a large lady) or is it mainly for people with legs that can walk??? Or Whilst I'm on the subject…are Sutton Council like everyone else….forget people with disabilities (and pushchairs) at Christmas?? We accidentally knocked a display down in a shop on Saturday because we couldn't get down any aisles with the wheelchair!!! Last year (Xmas) we were in M&S and they had put loads of boxes down the wide isle so we couldn't get down there so we went to another till that we were assured would accommodate a wheelchair with trolley only to find the trolley got jammed between the isles! We couldn't reverse back because when attached it is impossible to do that with the trolley, and we couldn't go forward! I couldn't reach the trolley to take it off and when an assistant finally came to our aid she couldn't reach either! Finally in frustration when I finally manage to unclip the trolley I had to physically lift the trolley in the air (they are not light!!!) up and over the till……did anyone help???? No they were to busy bloody laughing! Why do shops have to pile loads of boxes and items in the isles???[/p][/quote]About a year ago on a Shoprider trip to Sutton Asda a seating bench and a large waste bin hitched themselves to the rear of my vehicle because a couple of shoppers would not give me room to manoeuvre despite having the option to if they had switched on their brains and consideration facility. Some folks had a good laugh at that too. Michael Pantlin

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