Congratulations on your 800th edition and thank you for a brilliant read in your November edition. Your brief resume of past editions was most interesting and revealing. Turning to some specifics now, I totally agree with James Day’s comments about motorist madness, and the utter stupidity of car drivers queueing up for petrol as soon as there was even a threat of a shortage. The utter selfishness of these idiots caused traffic jams and delays to bus services, including mine, thus affecting people who were in no way to blame for the situation. It achieved nothing and shows what a battle bus (and train) operators have to get these fools to change their travelling habits, despite the recent encouraging and welcome increase in passenger numbers.
Roger French’s comments (Inside Track) considering ‘on bus’ notices is spot on.
Many notices on my local Arriva and Stagecoach buses are so incomprehensible from any distance that hardly anyone reads them, making them pointless. The print needs to be larger, with fewer notices occupying the same amount of space. We need a ‘wow’ factor to be created, with managers being seen to use the buses they run, public consultation events etc.