Better bus service to help reduce car use
The Conservative council is exploring options for meeting air pollution targets by 2021, (Chronicle, September 6). While I support a bold clean air zone proposal, the failure to address the appalling public transport across the city shows a lack of ambition to provide realistic alternatives to the car. The school term has started and our roads are once again clogged with traffic. The cost and limitations prevent bus travel being a practical option. For example it costs £2.70 to get my child one-way to Ralph Allen School using the Faresaver school bus. If they stay late at school they’ll need another bus service to get home so they can’t benefit from a weekly pass. Hardly surprising that many parents choose to drive. Since 2017, the Conservative West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, has had the power to franchise buses to end the overpriced, confused and inadequate services that we currently endure. Yet this isn’t on his agenda. Meanwhile we have school-run gridlock. Bath’s air pollution causes premature deaths. Families and commuters face expensive, complicated bus travel or reluctantly take to the car. Across the country Labour mayors and Labour councils are consulting to use the new powers to provide bus services to meet the needs of their communities. Why is the Conservative council not prioritising bus services that could reduce car use, connect communities and save lives?
Unless there is a better bus service, reducing traffic will be hard according to Bath Labour Party’s Dr Sharon Gillings