I have sympathy with Jason Hibbert (NCE last week). I live in Cropwell Bishop, about 10 miles from Nottingham, and my door to door journey to work at Nottingham Trent University takes around 30 minutes by car at peak times.
The alternative bus follows an indirect route to Nottingham and takes around 55 minutes door to door. Following Hibbert's logic, I and the other 40 to 50 commuters from Cropwell are each losing 50 minutes working time every day.
While we may be able to collect a few meaningful thoughts on the bus this is a terrible waste of the national labour resource. I am forced on to the bus (unless I start out very early to win a parking space) because it is the policy of the University and City Council to reduce available parking. While I support this policy, improved commuter services must be provided to compensate.
Driven by frustration of the tedious journey I have actually redesigned the schedules for my local Number 22 service to make better use of existing buses and provide faster commuter services which would reduce the door to door time to 35 minutes. Sadly the bus company, Trent/Barton, does not seem to be interested even though it could earn it extra revenue.
Who is responsible for delivering this much publicised (and needed) public transport initiative ? Like Mr Hibbert, I see very little action to help the middle distance bus commuter.
John Greenwood (M) firstname.lastname@example.org