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Councillor Davod Harrison

The Importance Of A Quality Service

On The Buses
On The Buses

I come from a generation with memories of how bus services used to be….. standing outside a stop with no shelter or seat for ages until a bus pulled up, getting on board and finding that the bus was packed and full of smokers (yes, it used to be legal to kill children by forcing them to become passive smokers).

The windows used to steam up so you couldn’t see where you were and sometimes missed your stop.

A lot has changed over the years.

Better bus shelters with seats, “Real time” information at the shelter and on phone apps, luxury quality seating, with phone chargers and wi-fi connections, better facilities for disabled travellers.

I was very impressed with the Blue Star bus I used in Southampton this week.

I still think that bus travel is expensive.

There is no easy answer to this.

Fuel costs are unlikely to go down.

The private companies that run buses are in the business to make good profits.

The days when local authorities subsidised bus travel are nearly over.

Still, when you factor in all the costs of running a car, the tax, the insurance, the fuel and the car parking charges it probably is more competitive than first appears.

I think a major problem is that we get into travelling habits without necessarily reviewing what we do from time to time.

Have you changed your travelling habits lately?

For the better?


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