Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum by John Dowding Esq (Bus 36)

THE BUS INDUSTRY

  1.  As a regular user of rural buses, including access to the rail network, I have two changes which the industry could adopt to make great improvements.

2.  SENIOR CITIZENS' BUS PASSES

  Those like myself, living by a county boundary find it a great inconvenience that the passes are not valid in the adjacent area. They are limited to the cross border services in the adjacent area. I live 200 yards inside Suffolk, bordering Essex. I have a service only to Sudbury inside Suffolk, but a good service to Colchester, which supports a wide array of services in Essex, for which my bus pass is not valid. My senior railcard is valid nationwide, so why should the bus pass not be the same?

  3.  Changes to Bus Timetables. For the benefit of all bus passengers and in particular those who use bus in conjunction with rail, it would be a great advantage if bus companies were able to change their timetables only at six-monthly intervals, the times of change being the same as for the railway industry.

John Dowding

April 2002


 
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