I am reposting a comment left by smurfuk in the previous post about the change of focus of this blog. I think a decent debate is needed and a change of focus for the operating companies, in that there are a huge number of people with an inadequate public transport service in this area - I'm typing this as a usual prisoner in my village on a Sunday unless I want to pay a fortune for taxis both ways - a minimum of £30 to connect with the nearest bus. This is why I get so frustrated when I see companies duplicate existing routes trying to poach rival's passengers and not bering original and brave and offering those without a decent service a facility. Anyway here is smurfuk's comment, and let's have a good debate.
Let me try and start a debate. Everywhere in this country isn't the
same. East Anglia needs local solutions that work for us, not to try and
fit into a straightjacket designed for the conurbations. And that's a
comment to the multitude of regulators as much as, perhaps even more
than, the operators. We need commitment, not rules. The rule book is not
a master. The passengers and the drivers (I don't forget the engineers,
either) are the people who matter, everyone else in or around the
industry is a servant not a master. There are far too many people
sucking the lifeblood out of this industry. I'm fed up with lawyers (I
was one of them once) and bureaucrats telling the public what they want,
and feeding their egos. They don't know. And unless they get down to
our level, they'll never know. A press release and well choreographed
consultation is not the answer to anything. Nor is waving a big stick.
This is a difficult area to make public transport work - we need the
best brains and they need the support. The passengers are up for it, is
anyone else? You can do better, and you need to. In actions we can see,
not by soothing words like some mummy.