Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Buses Are More Efficient

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Buses Are More Efficient

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FAR from showing 'common sense',' R.M. Greaves (Viewpoints, March 8) is showing a distinct lack of research.

The bus services withdrawn or reduced from April are almost exclusively ones that do NOT use bus lanes.

And I wonder what he/she means by a 'costly, inefficient and unpopular transport system'. The vast majority of bus services using bus lanes in Greater Manchester are fully commercial, ie. get NO subsidy from the taxpayer, other than for concessionary fares reimbursement.

Further, as the average car carries 1.2 people at peak times and takes up nearly half the road space of a double-decker bus, any bus carrying three or more passengers is more efficient than a car.

Routes using bus lanes at peak time are averaging up to SEVENTEEN times that figure.

And as for unpopular; yes, thanks to inflation-busting fare increases, timetable cuts on the best-loading routes and poor traffic management, bus usage is dropping. …

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