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Bus drivers and passengers had to look twice after the misspelt road markings were put down near Bristol city centre.

Bungling workmen were left red-faced after painting ‘Bup Stop’ in the road to mark out a new bus stop.

Confused bus drivers and passengers had to look twice after the Bristol City Council workers misspelt the sign on the road surface in large yellow lettering.

The gaffe, which uses the stencilled letter P instead of an S, appeared last week as part of road repairs in the centre of the city.

The council was today unavailable for comment about the error involving the bus stop markings, which were painted in the busy Old Market area close to the city centre.

But Peter Mann, the service director for transport, said: “It is important that we carry out these improvements as soon as possible to maintain road safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”

It isn’t the first time Bristol City Council workers have needed a spelling lesson though.

Four years ago contractors painted a ‘keep school clear’ sign outside Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Primary School in Lawrence Weston.

Unfortunately on one side of the road ‘school’ was spelled without the letter ‘C’.