On herding cats and easier challenges by Tim Andrews
My cat’s called Rover. Daft but she likes it! She’s the youngest of our three cats. This is Rover looking forlornly for a bus to arrive in Teversham. Just two buses daily to Cambridge and back. Just one each way for the Wilbrahams.
This week’s topic is what to do about rural buses. We’re lucky in Fulbourn to have a regular bus service but not so in nearby villages.
Limited buses makes everything hard. Hard to attend school or college, hard to take jobs with shift working, hard to have a social life outside the village. Unless you have a car.
So, what would I do about it? I’ve just responded to the Department of Transport’s Consultation on the Future of Rural Transport.
I’d put an end to judging each bus route by whether it makes money. Instead, I’d ask whether the whole system is making a difference to our economic and social well-being.
Buses make an important contribution to our Green ambitions. So I want the full fleet to be fully electric. Services should be cheaper and more frequent to encourage use and thus overcome current social isolation issues for our rural villages. I believe that our young people should have free travel just as our pensioners do.
Cycling and walking – called Active Travel these days – is needed too. We need high quality footpaths and cycleways to support this.
Transport that works for the whole community matters to me. If you agree then please share my blog.