I UNDERSTAND that there has been a significant drop in the number of passengers using the 52/53 bus service since the start of this year, which makes me wonder why. It may possibly be a sign of the recession or the exorbitant cost of travel on the buses.
To take an example, the return fare by train from Dorridge to Solihull is £1.70 after 9.30am or at weekends. The same journey by bus is £1.70 each way or double the cost by train. Moreover, if two people go by car to Solihull on a Saturday morning the costs of parking is £2.90 for three hours as opposed to £6.80 return by bus. In addition, the car avoids the hassle of lugging parcels on the bus and not having to contend with wet weather.
So what is the answer to this conundrum? I suggest National Express should reduce fares for a six-month trial period to a maximum £1 for a single journey and 50p for a short hop trip and a 50p maximum fare at weekends. After all, if we can get people on buses and out of cars we shall reduce the carbon footprint in our lovely area.
David Parker, Culverley Crescent, Knowle