A frail pensioner who lives in a village with no pedestrian crossing has to take a 14-mile bus journey just to cross the road.
Partially blind Nancy Underwood, 89, walks with a Zimmer frame and is unable to cross the busy road outside her home because of the constant traffic.
If she wants to visit the Post Office or shop in Chideock, Dorset, she has to catch the Number 31 bus to Bridport three miles away before using a pedestrian crossing.
The grandmother-of-five then boards a return journey and stops off in Chideock on the opposite side of the road to her house, where she can safely visit the shop.
She then hops onto the next Number 31 bus and travels four miles to the village of Charmouth, where there is also a pedestrian crossing.
After crossing the road, she completes the final leg of her journey on her fourth bus of the day, which takes her back to Chideock and completes the 90minute round trip.
The former primary school teacher said: ‘It’s dreadful. In the summer the traffic is absolutely non-stop with a large number of heavy lorries. I find it quite frightening and alarming.
‘It really is very difficult to get across. It’s not a good road and we don’t even have a pavement all the way down. The A35 is the main road to the West so it’s very busy.
‘Charmouth has got a bypass and therefore the really heavy traffic never goes through so it’s very easy to use their pedestrian crossing.’
Mrs Underwood moved to Chideock from Maidenhead, Kent, in 2005.
She usually does her shopping in Bridport but is then forced to stay on the Number 31 as it passes through the village and travel on to Charmouth, where she can cross the road.
She then boards a bus back to the village – an eight-mile detour which adds another hour to her weekly shopping trip.
Her daughter Kathy Scott, who runs a Bed and Breakfast in Chideock, said it was a ‘miracle’ that no one has been run over on the busy main road.
She said: ‘You can stand by the side of the road for 20 minutes waiting to get across and there won’t be any break in the traffic.
‘It really is a miracle that there hasn’t yet been a terrible accident with someone trying to cross.’
But light could soon be at the end of the tunnel – the local council is planning to install a pedestrian crossing in Chideock, which has a population of 570.
It has used a compulsory purchase order to buy land near the Post Office and is due to start work this year.
Mrs Underwood said: ‘I have heard rumours that we might finally be getting a crossing and I think it is marvellous news. What we really need is a bypass but that is asking too much.
‘It’s a really good thing. There are a lot of people who have objected to the crossing because they think the traffic won’t run as smoothly and will be noisy.
‘But this crossing will make life a lot easier for everyone so I am very glad.’
Her daughter added: ‘It would be very nice for her if they did build a crossing because she is very frail now so even getting onto buses can be a problem.
‘We have been looking forward to this crossing for a very long time. For elderly people and children the road has been a real hazard.’
A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: ‘The new crossing will stand by the Londis shop and is near to the Post Office.
‘There was a long legal wrangle over the compulsory purchase of land for the crossing and that has caused a significant delay.’