‘Appalling’ results of bus cutbacks

York Press: ‘Appalling’ results of bus cutbacks ‘Appalling’ results of bus cutbacks

IF POOR people, old people, sufferers from epilepsy, poor vision or heart problems were only allowed out of their village once a week in a foreign country, we would be appalled.

But this is what is happening to thousands of people in the UK because of the cuts to public transport funding.

Bus operators have had their fuel duty rebates slashed, reimbursements for concession scheme decimated, and funding for essential rural bus services has seen cut after cut after cut.

Rural transport provision has probably halved in the last few years, yet a recession and increasing numbers of the elderly mean that more people need buses that are no longer there.

Can you imagine what it's like to never be able to go anywhere on a Sunday or to have to be home by six? No films, plays, music, parties, pubs, meals out or evenings with friends?

If you are a rural non-car user you don’t have to imagine this; it’s reality. And it’s going to get worse.

This appalling situation is incomprehensible to most car users. The fault lies with successive governments; the remedy lies in the hands of this one.

If a tiny proportion of urban and metropolitan spending were to be spent on funding rural bus services, we would see a return to a more civilised life for so many people.

Eden Blyth, Wrelton, Pickering.
 

• READING your headline of December 12 (“Rural buses under threat”) and the accompanying editorial comment, it would appear that drastic measures may have to be introduced by rural communities so that they can run their own services.

It seems clear that commercial bus operators struggle to make a profit on many routes in Yorkshire without some form of subsidy.

Volunteers have been mentioned in previous articles in The Press, but in many cases drivers can be paid within any community transport group or association, if trustees are prepared to run such a service for their community.

Many people with experience could take on that role and be successful in providing such a lifeline in the future.

Keith Chapman, Custance Walk, York.

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1:30am Sun 15 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

If a tiny proportion of urban and metropolitan spending were to be spent on funding rural bus services, we would see a return to a more civilised life for so many people.
And yet instead our wonderful government cut funding to the National Parks (not so deep cuts to the parks in the south of course), which in turn has meant North York Moors Park Authority has got rid of Moorsbus. Yet if you were on any of the last 3 weeks' worth of M15 services from Helmsley to York, standing all the way on a bus full to bursting, you would think the park authority were off their rockers..... And yet this is being repeated time and again with public transport, funding is diverted elsewhere so then any defecits encountered by public transport aren't filled which results in services being lost.

As an example of what epitomises the disjointed mess that is public transport in the areas the government don't bother to look at, I give you the example of the Todmorden Curve - this is a section of railway just east of Todmorden that was built to reconnect Burnley to Manchester directly, the idea being to get a train from Burnley to Manchester in less than 1 hour... T track was finished well in time for services to start running from December 2013, BUT, just 2-3 weeks after it was one the Holme Tunnel just a few yards closer to Burnley was closed so it could be completely reconstructed, thus delaying any train services starting until the May 2014 timetable - but the services won't start in May 2014 BECAUSE THERE'S NO TRAINS TO RUN IT!! Such is the lack of investment for at least 2 decades that there are simply no diesel trains to run a brand new service. Would such a shambolic mess occur in the south east, or in the constituency of the prime minister or the minster for transport??
In bus terms, a similarly disjoined example was the planning of the former Moorsbus services from Pickering - timed to depart just 8 minutes BEFORE the first Coastliner of the day arrived there from Leeds; with 'feeder' services leaving Malton 10 minutes before the train from Liverpool called there.
[quote]If a tiny proportion of urban and metropolitan spending were to be spent on funding rural bus services, we would see a return to a more civilised life for so many people. [/quote] And yet instead our wonderful government cut funding to the National Parks (not so deep cuts to the parks in the south of course), which in turn has meant North York Moors Park Authority has got rid of Moorsbus. Yet if you were on any of the last 3 weeks' worth of M15 services from Helmsley to York, standing all the way on a bus full to bursting, you would think the park authority were off their rockers..... And yet this is being repeated time and again with public transport, funding is diverted elsewhere so then any defecits encountered by public transport aren't filled which results in services being lost. As an example of what epitomises the disjointed mess that is public transport in the areas the government don't bother to look at, I give you the example of the Todmorden Curve - this is a section of railway just east of Todmorden that was built to reconnect Burnley to Manchester directly, the idea being to get a train from Burnley to Manchester in less than 1 hour... T track was finished well in time for services to start running from December 2013, BUT, just 2-3 weeks after it was one the Holme Tunnel just a few yards closer to Burnley was closed so it could be completely reconstructed, thus delaying any train services starting until the May 2014 timetable - but the services won't start in May 2014 BECAUSE THERE'S NO TRAINS TO RUN IT!! Such is the lack of investment for at least 2 decades that there are simply no diesel trains to run a brand new service. Would such a shambolic mess occur in the south east, or in the constituency of the prime minister or the minster for transport?? In bus terms, a similarly disjoined example was the planning of the former Moorsbus services from Pickering - timed to depart just 8 minutes BEFORE the first Coastliner of the day arrived there from Leeds; with 'feeder' services leaving Malton 10 minutes before the train from Liverpool called there. Magicman!

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