£224m project is a waste of money
AM I the only one that thinks spending £224 million pounds on providing bus services for Bristol is complete and utter madness and a total waste of taxpayers money?
Who in their right mind would spend that amount of money on a bus service which already exists or could be put in place with the purchase of just more buses and drivers?
I cannot believe it would cost the millions to provide the service from Long Ashton to the city centre, a distance regarded by some a short walk or at most a quick bike ride. All that money for running a service already provided using existing roads and buses.
The most worrying matter is the simple fact the person responsible, Councillor Brian Allinson, just does not see it. What makes me even more disappointed is the fact that in the rush to spend money on current transport our Government sees fit to give away such a vast sum. Just because there is a lot of money available for transport projects does not mean it's the best answer for Bristol.
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So let's be clear for those in the West of England Councils joint transport executive committee, spending over £200 million on an expensive and costly project with no apparent benefits apart from yet more road modifications, street furniture and flashing screens telling you the bus will be delayed is not the way to go.
Spending money bringing the existing rail network into use is the simplest and in pure economic terms the best option. No more extensive delays on the road network, no delays due to traffic, weather, road works, planning permissions required for road extensions, bus lane closures, painting the road for cycle path ways and other expensive road marking projects and finally no extended public consultations from the usual crowd of objectors.
So return the money, end the project and get back on the list for rail upgrades. You can bet your most prized possession that once we are given the money for this ridiculous project we will go to the bottom of the list for future transport projects until all the other parts of the country have done the same daft thing.
It's the equivalent of someone of questionable intelligence purchasing a very expensive vintage E-Type Jaguar car then buying a spoiler for it. It is very unlikely to produce any benefit in performance for the car and it does nothing but devalue the car and makes the owner look a complete idiot.
MANY thanks to the driver of First Bus 581 on Friday December 21 at 1pm. Not only did he wait until I sat down, when I reached my stop he very kindly helped get my very full shopper off. There are still some very good drivers on First Bus. What a gentleman. Thank you again.
C M Hill