“The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round, the wheels on the bus go round and round, all day long.”
Or rather they don’t…..
I have a Love/Hate relationship with Public Transport. It’s not the concept I have a problem with just the execution. I love the fact that everyone gets access to transport but hate the fact it appears that outside of rush hour to be such a waste of resource – particularly when you consider the subsidies that are given by the government and councils to run them.
A bus route passes by our door (not literally but pretty close) and whenever I notice this big bus (actually as buses go it’s quite small in that it is only a single decker) I also tend to pick up on the fact that generally a rickshaw or tandem would actually suffice as there is only one person sitting on it aside from the driver. Now this person may not have access to a car and hence require to catch the bus but surely it would be cheaper and more environmentally friendly for the bus company to lay on a taxi or two ?
The problem comes for me as a car driver is that these ‘two person devices’ actually also have their own stretch of road dedicated to them – it’s called a bus lane and woe betide any errant car driver that strays into it as remote cameras and sneaky jobsworths take pictures of the event meaning a fine lands on your doormat a few days later. But it’s ok for busses to move out of the bus lane when presented by for instance another bus parked up awaiting the single passenger that has yet to make it to the bus stop. These bus lanes slow down other road users dramatically creating more congestion than they solve – for those who remember there was the famous M4 bus lane…yes our wonderful transport secretary once even sanctioned a bus lane on a motorway.
And now locally this traffic disruption has got worse because we now also have trams that vie for the same road space so at times literarily you find yourself between a rock and a hard place – squeezed up between a bus and a tram neither of whom can actually see down to you as you shiver with fear when they converge with you in-between them, rather than watching the road they appear to be constantly jockeying for position to capture the single individual awaiting a ride.
In addition the neo-Nazi council officials in Nottingham have even gone one stage further. If you have a car parking space on your own business land, you now have to pay the council an annual fee for the privilege of parking your own car on your own land. Instead however of this money going towards repairing the existing roads or even building new ones it is being invested in building more tram routes – why ? Why can’t the tram firms pay for the infrastructure – oh yes it’s because not enough people use them to make it a valuable proposition so the government and council have to subsidise them – their answer to this…just build more !
I wonder how long it’s going to be before no-one bothers to use a car, the government are making it more and more difficult…as drivers we are taxed when we buy them, taxed when we service or repair them, taxed to use them on the roads, taxed on the fuel they use, taxed on parking them and even pay tax on the mandatory insurance we are required by law to have (sorry that last point’s a pleonasm but didn’t know how else to phrase it).
At some point most will literally be priced off the roads, technology is allowing more working from home and as this happens more and more, with no money to fund it the wheels on the bus won’t go round anymore as instead they will undoubtably just fall off.