The decline in passenger numbers
#81
RE: The decline in passenger numbers
(09 Dec 2020, 3:22 pm)tvd Wrote: Some of the negatives of bus travel even now are that the bus doesn’t go to where people want to go, they’re too infrequent, don’t run on an evening or on a Sunday, have to change buses.. and so on.

If it ever came to be that millions of people couldn’t afford cars, without huge and expensive  changes, many people wouldn’t be able to travel to work, particularly in lower paid jobs.

In those circumstances it would be virtually impossible to connect all local towns and villages in any local area with a realistically good enough bus  service. 

For most parts of the country I would guess a comprehensive local demand responsive transport network would have to be in place, like a bigger and better version of  our Tees Flex.

I agree that a demand responsive could be an option, although I don't know if an entire network across a wider scale could be sustainable. 

I do think the current network and resource could be used more effectively and efficiently though. 
Using Lanchester as an example - X5/15 follow the same route, bar a short section nearer Consett. Could one divert up to serve Witton Gilbert, Sacriston and the Arnison? All of a sudden the market in the Lanchester area is opened up to a retail park and however number of cars are potentially taken off the road.

The 21, X21 and 50 all operate between Chester and Durham and essentially serve the same audience. You've then got the X20 dropping in half-way along and that pattern continues all the way to Durham.
Appreciate that's a small section of 4 routes, but do they really need that sort of intensity following a similar route between Chester/Plawsworth and Durham? Particularly when the X12, 62 and 64 are in the mix too. 
Then the operators complain about the traffic. Is it any wonder there's traffic, when you can't get a bus unless you live on a very small corridor? 

There's many other examples which could be used.
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#82
RE: The decline in passenger numbers
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-tr...2706307137 

Free online event relating to poor bus provision, privatisation and poverty. Might see you there!
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#83
RE: The decline in passenger numbers
I was looking for some inspiration relating to some work I'm doing at the moment. 

Came across this 
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quote from Eric Ries and couldn't help but smile. 
So true.
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#84
RE: The decline in passenger numbers
https://www.clydebankpost.co.uk/news/191...ling-city/

Private bus firms failing city.
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#85
RE: The decline in passenger numbers
https://takeaction.cpre.org.uk/page/7425...CountryTD2&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Banner2SharingBCountry&utm_campaign=TD2&fbclid=IwAR1FslWfqMH12Y8svTRtOXOpE1ZbyhoLDa-xOknKccMGJHZqegnuTM8s4mk

An interesting petition being undertaken.
Whilst I agree with the principle of it, I'm not sure that it is anyone's responsibility to fund - other than the operators (under current legislation).
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#86
RE: The decline in passenger numbers
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/...ing-rights

When the UN state that privatisation is failing passengers, you know there's something up.

Will try and find the full report.
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#87
RE: The decline in passenger numbers
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/1...bus-costs/

'but, but, but... Priority measures! We need priority measures!'.

Which bus operator will bleat about the increase in traffic around St Leonards first?
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#88
RE: The decline in passenger numbers
(19 Jul 2021, 6:11 pm)Andreos1 Wrote: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/...ing-rights

When the UN state that privatisation is failing passengers, you know there's something up.

Will try and find the full report.
It wasn't the UN though was it?

#89
RE: The decline in passenger numbers
(24 Jul 2021, 6:27 pm)DeltaMan Wrote: It wasn't the UN though was it?

Oh well spotted. I obviously didn't proof read that one!
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#90
RE: The decline in passenger numbers
(24 Jul 2021, 4:01 pm)Andreos1 Wrote: https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/1...bus-costs/

'but, but, but... Priority measures! We need priority measures!'.

Which bus operator will bleat about the increase in traffic around St Leonards first?
I often wonder why they have stagecoach buses on some of their runs. Can't be the cheapest, surely.