Bus climbdown

First published in Letters

TRANSPORT operators have won a moral victory after the Welsh Government accepted that its planned cuts to funding for free bus travel were wrong. The Welsh Government had been forced into an “humiliating climbdown”.

Last year’s budget for all bus operators was £73.2m. This year’s budget was to have fallen to £65m but the government and bus industry have accepted that it should be £67.75m. Next year’s total is likely to be about £69m, to reflect inflation.

Andrew Nutt Heolddu Road Bargoed

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6:32pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Mervyn James says...

There needs to be higher emphasis on free public transport, given the roads are slowing to a crawl with excessive car usage a lot not really necessary. The issue they say is the fact the public transport system is not reflecting the 24/7 society we live in, nor does it commute to work areas effectively. Free public transport has to be better than choking the roads to death with cars. By the time a by-pass is finished it is already obsolete.
There needs to be higher emphasis on free public transport, given the roads are slowing to a crawl with excessive car usage a lot not really necessary. The issue they say is the fact the public transport system is not reflecting the 24/7 society we live in, nor does it commute to work areas effectively. Free public transport has to be better than choking the roads to death with cars. By the time a by-pass is finished it is already obsolete. Mervyn James
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4:51pm Sat 26 Jul 14

scraptheWAG says...

Mervyn James wrote:
There needs to be higher emphasis on free public transport, given the roads are slowing to a crawl with excessive car usage a lot not really necessary. The issue they say is the fact the public transport system is not reflecting the 24/7 society we live in, nor does it commute to work areas effectively. Free public transport has to be better than choking the roads to death with cars. By the time a by-pass is finished it is already obsolete.
free public transport all public sector workers to get more pay, extra spending on the welsh language the assembly to double in size .

and who is going to pay for it all
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: There needs to be higher emphasis on free public transport, given the roads are slowing to a crawl with excessive car usage a lot not really necessary. The issue they say is the fact the public transport system is not reflecting the 24/7 society we live in, nor does it commute to work areas effectively. Free public transport has to be better than choking the roads to death with cars. By the time a by-pass is finished it is already obsolete.[/p][/quote]free public transport all public sector workers to get more pay, extra spending on the welsh language the assembly to double in size . and who is going to pay for it all scraptheWAG
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9:56pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

Mervyn James wrote:
There needs to be higher emphasis on free public transport, given the roads are slowing to a crawl with excessive car usage a lot not really necessary. The issue they say is the fact the public transport system is not reflecting the 24/7 society we live in, nor does it commute to work areas effectively. Free public transport has to be better than choking the roads to death with cars. By the time a by-pass is finished it is already obsolete.
And how exactly are you proposing to fund it. What local services will you axe to fund it?
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: There needs to be higher emphasis on free public transport, given the roads are slowing to a crawl with excessive car usage a lot not really necessary. The issue they say is the fact the public transport system is not reflecting the 24/7 society we live in, nor does it commute to work areas effectively. Free public transport has to be better than choking the roads to death with cars. By the time a by-pass is finished it is already obsolete.[/p][/quote]And how exactly are you proposing to fund it. What local services will you axe to fund it? Bobevans
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12:36pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Mervyn James says...

The savings will be made by less cars on the road, which can only help our health as well as reduce the constant demand for diminishing resources. There is a view our oil supplies are limitless, maybe we won't have to discuss whether to take cars out of the road, that will do it for them. Or the taxing will make car driving completely pointless. Obviously what we save in car spending we can put to public transport instead. It's about making better use of what we have got, not building ourselves to obsolescence. If we covered wales with concrete to drive on it still wouldn't meet the demand. The proposed M4 around Newport is already obsolete and they haven't built it yet. I can think a few m/billion wasted there can be put to better use.
The savings will be made by less cars on the road, which can only help our health as well as reduce the constant demand for diminishing resources. There is a view our oil supplies are limitless, maybe we won't have to discuss whether to take cars out of the road, that will do it for them. Or the taxing will make car driving completely pointless. Obviously what we save in car spending we can put to public transport instead. It's about making better use of what we have got, not building ourselves to obsolescence. If we covered wales with concrete to drive on it still wouldn't meet the demand. The proposed M4 around Newport is already obsolete and they haven't built it yet. I can think a few m/billion wasted there can be put to better use. Mervyn James
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6:05pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Roger Elliot says...

And how exactly are you proposing to fund it. What local services will you axe to fund it?


The Royal Family. The Civil List. Things that belong in the last-but-one century.
[quote]And how exactly are you proposing to fund it. What local services will you axe to fund it?[/quote] The Royal Family. The Civil List. Things that belong in the last-but-one century. Roger Elliot
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