Ruadh495 wrote:Why would you use the bus? Between the indirect routing and the stops bus journey times are equal to slow cycling. It doesn't run at the times you want. You can't take any luggage you can't carry. Then the tickets cost as much (in Hampshire, more) than fueling a car.
Local buses are not suitable for journeys beyond cycling range, so why not cycle instead?
Yes, I know this isn't true for everybody, but with the availability of e-bikes it's true for an increasing proportion of the population. The bus subsidy could pay for taxis for the remainder and some improved cycling infrastructure. Just removing the buses would make cycling significantly safer and more pleasant.
I had a bus season ticket to get to work, used the bus a lot for short hops. After a while I realised that walking would often be quicker, usually neither the start or the destination are right by a bus stop. Good for everyone if people walk a bit more, or even cycle, and fewer buses would be good too