Enhancing our town centres

Everyone agrees that the vitality of town centres needs to be protected. Bus Users UK has weighed in on the topic, recently enlivened by the community spirited Eric Pickles. The CEO of BUUK, Clare Walters, had this to say about it:

Car friendly policies alone could make matters worse. We should be promoting excellent public transport and encouraging people to look at alternative ways of getting into town …

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Opinion Piece: Working together for better rural buses

Morag Haddow started promoting safer cycling and walking to school while she was a member of the Parent Council at Dunbar Primary. She now works part time for Sustaining Dunbar on green transport issues. She is studying for an MSc in Transport Planning at Napier University.

Last summer the RAC estimated that the average car cost its owner over £6000 a year to keep on the road. It’s hard to believe, and perhaps your own car costs you less than that, but from time to time it’s useful to consider how expensive our car habit really is, and maybe to think again about how we get about. Do we all really need a car sitting on standby 24 hours a day when modern technology makes it easier than ever to work from home and have shopping delivered? East Lothian is leading the way in alternative transport in Scotland with locally run car clubs such as SpareWheels in Dunbar providing an alternative to owning a personal car but sometimes driving and parking is a hassle in itself. Have you considered getting the bus?

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Opinion piece: Response to Iain Gray article in The Scotsman 10 January 2013 by Barry Hutton

Iain Gray declared his intention to introduce a Private Member’s Bill to enable Local Authorities to regulate bus services in their areas with the avowed purpose of making contracts with service providers to provide groups of services, so enabling the costs of ‘unprofitable’ services within the group to be covered by the profitable ones.

Barry Hutton  BA  MSc  DipTP  MRTPI  CMIT is a Chartered Town and Transport Planner. His book “Planning Sustainable Transport” is published by Routledge in April

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