‘Ditch the car’ plea fell on deaf ears

Sunderland Echo - - Retro -

A plea for Wear­siders to leave their cars at home and let buses and trains take the strain seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

All sin­gle fares on buses and Re­gional Rail­ways in Tyne and Wear were knocked down to just 20p for the first car-free day.

The one-off day was or­gan­ised as part of the Don’t Choke Bri­tain cam­paign.

Trans­port chiefs had hoped it would have re­sulted in peo­ple flock­ing onto the trains and buses across Wearside. But in Sun­der­land the pic­ture looked the same as any other Sun­day. The cen­tral bus sta­tion and the rail­way sta­tion plat­forms were largely de­serted. There was no sign of hordes of res­i­dents hav­ing locked up their cars for the day so that they could climb aboard pub­lic trans­port.

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