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New Year's Eve: Plan your transport home now

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 28, 2013

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New Year revellers in Cheltenham

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NEW Year revellers are being encouraged to use mum or dad’s taxi to get home after their partying.

Those planning to trip the light fantastic and ring in 2014 at a party should make sure they know how they will be getting home.

Gloucestershire Police are advising party-goers not to leave it to chance to ensure they arrive home safely, as they compete with thousands of others for taxis and other forms of public transport finish early for the evening.

A spokesman said: “We want to encourage parents to pick up their children if they've been at parties.

“Our advice is if you are going to a party is to plan ahead, make sure you've booked a taxi back if you need one or arranged to be picked up, obviously don't drink and drive and avoid walking on unlit country lanes in the dark.”

Peter Parker, who drove taxis in Cheltenham for more than 30 years, said it was important to book a taxi early, to ensure you had your return journey planned.

He said: “If possible, you should book it in advance.

“And drinking sensibly will mean the driver won’t be concerned about taking you in his cab.

“Everyone wants to have a good time and you can have a good time without getting slaughtered.”

Stagecoach West is due to operate Saturday timetables on New Year’s Eve. Special Nightbus N10 and N94 timetables will operate between Cheltenham and Gloucester into the early hours of January 1.

The last N10 bus to leave Gloucester, bound for Cheltenham, will be at 2.27am from Market Parade, arriving at The Promenade, Cheltenham at 3.01am.

The last N10 to leave Cheltenham bound for Gloucester will be at 3.05am, departing from The Promenade and arriving at Market Parade, in Gloucester at 3.41am.

The last N94 service will leave Market Parade, Gloucester at 3am, arriving at The Promenade, Cheltenham at 3.25am.

The last N94 from Cheltenham is to leave The Parade at 3.30am and arrive at Market Parade in Gloucester at 3.55am.

Apart from a number of exceptions, no buses will depart from the terminus after 8pm.

For more details see the website, www.stagecoachbus.com.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Road Safety also advised against drink driving.

He said: “The Institute of Advanced Motorists calculates that the average drink drive conviction costs the driver between £20,000 and £50,000 in fines, insurance, solicitor’s fees and lost earnings.”

Police officers will be out on the county’s roads, to ensure that drink drivers are caught and prosecuted.

Roads Policing Inspector Kevin Roseblade said: “The dangers of drink driving and the possible implications for the driver and other road users have been clear for a long time – so there really is no excuse for doing it.

“We will be keeping up the pressure and conducting regular roadside checks, as well as breath testing anyone involved in a road traffic collision, throughout the festive season.”

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  • keiths1  |  December 29 2013, 9:17AM

    Whilst I agree with your sentiments EllJay1, I think most parents would still turn out of bed (assuming they hadn't been drinking themselves) to collect their youngsters. They're forever 'our children' and we feel responsible for their safety.

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  • EllJay1  |  December 28 2013, 3:56PM

    Use mum or dad's taxi to get home - you are joking aren't you! If they are legally old enough to drink they should also be responsible enough to make appropriate arrangements to get home afterwards. I can't imagine that many parents would be pleased to get a drunken phone call to pick up a son or daughter after midnight on New Year's Eve. Said parent(s) would be far more likely to be either out partying themselves or be fast asleep in bed .

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