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This is no incentive to ditch cars

AT a council meeting last week, Councillor Ted Richards described the bus journeys from Castle Bromwich to Solihull town centre as “torturous”.

AT a council meeting last week, Councillor Ted Richards described the bus journeys from Castle Bromwich to Solihull town centre as “torturous”.

I took the No 71 challenge earlier this week and after a 65-minute trip, I agree - this is Abu Ghraib on wheels.

The bus takes a long and ponderous route, the sort of detours that you see in BBC’s Spooks - when the spies are trying to “shake a tail”.

Sixty-five minutes! That’s 30 pages worth of Great Expectations, ten plays of Bohemian Rhapsody or the entire musical career of this year’s X-Factor winner.

Joking aside, surely more can be done to make public transport a viable option - an awful lot of people depend on these services.

There’s pensioners, schoolkids, people on low incomes and students who are in so much debt they can ill afford the costs of running a car.

It’s all very well the Government taking the high-handed attitude that we all need to leave cars behind.

But what sane motorist - carbon emissions or not - would subject themselves to these sort of journey-times?

 

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