Decline in bus is Tory plan

Decline in bus is Tory plan

Decline in bus is Tory plan

First published in Letters

CONTRAST the angst over the issue of canal bridges swinging and new bridge tolls with the likelihood that declining bus services will cause real hardship.

The blame lies squarely with central Government. Councils are having to deal with privatisation of transport provision and the latest twist is through politicallyinspired austerity.

Applying market forces leads to declining public services. The deregulation brought in by Thatcher’s government deprived buses of the support they need to provide for communities and this government is doing the same.

The advantages of the car need to be balanced by measures to support public transport, which requires political will and a vision of a fairer, more civilised society not the current dog-eatdog Con-Dem ethos. It requires belief in providing transport for those who can’t drive; those with disabilities, the young, large and low income families, because without transport they are excluded from society. It is in the Conservative interest to promote division and forcing people into car ownership helps to do that.

Council resources are controlled by those they would fight against.

Next time you’re stuck in traffic remember a full bus does the job of dozens of cars, and the answer to congestion isn’t in toll free bridges but change at the top.

JON WOOD Stockton Heath

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9:05pm Mon 1 Sep 14

WAFiver says...

When in doubt, blame Thatcher!
The world has moved on from everyone using public transport on a daily basis. No longer do need to get hundreds of people down t' mill before 't gaffer stops their wages...
The biggest drawback to public transport is that that is what it is, a public transport system; with all the inherent drawbacks that that includes, from lack of timing flexibility, to poor customer relations and the fact that people no longer want to spend over an hour to travel 5 miles on two buses, with a walk, often carrying shopping, in the rain at each end.
Whilst there will ALWAYS be a need for access to transport for all, the fact is the all do not use it.
Once the "rush hour" (oxymoron alert) is over usage drops right off, maybe the solution is for a more flexible system, maybe using the Dial-a-Ride principle?
When in doubt, blame Thatcher! The world has moved on from everyone using public transport on a daily basis. No longer do need to get hundreds of people down t' mill before 't gaffer stops their wages... The biggest drawback to public transport is that that is what it is, a public transport system; with all the inherent drawbacks that that includes, from lack of timing flexibility, to poor customer relations and the fact that people no longer want to spend over an hour to travel 5 miles on two buses, with a walk, often carrying shopping, in the rain at each end. Whilst there will ALWAYS be a need for access to transport for all, the fact is the all do not use it. Once the "rush hour" (oxymoron alert) is over usage drops right off, maybe the solution is for a more flexible system, maybe using the Dial-a-Ride principle? WAFiver
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