Larkhall people are 'the canaries in coal mine'
Can anything more be said about the 6-7 bus campaign and the struggle in north east Bath to hold on to a 30 minute frequency?
Well, yes. In the next few days councillors will decide how to distribute the next budget and its cuts. This means competition between deserving causes, since the 30 minute frequency depends on a council subsidy, (which incidentally has just been reduced by 40 per cent due to increased ridership).
Apart from the question as to whether the whole mentality of cuts is ideological madness resulting in a less equal society where rich get richer and the rest get poorer, pressured to fight each other for scraps under the table, the decimation of a healthy public transport system is short-sighted.
If less than a 30 minute frequency were allowed in this densely populated urban area it would mean no bus route in Bath is safe.
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Two thirds of public transport journeys are made by bus. A cut anywhere in a bus network weakens the network system as a whole. Without adequate "bus services linking people to places we will end up with young people unable to access college courses, older people being stuck at home, and jobseekers having to stay on benefits because they have no way of travelling to work."
That is a quote from the Campaign for Better Transport, and they should know.
Some may accuse the 6-7 campaign of 'nimbyism', fighting only to preserve amenities for its own small area. They should remember the variously quoted saying by Pastor Niemoller in World War II: "First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me."
We are the canary in coal mine, and all Bath would suffer if the network deteriorated.
The 6-7 area, with the highest number of elderly in Bath, must be supported. It is up to our council to continue the commendable precedent they set upon assuming office in 2011 and keep the minimum 30 minute frequency on city routes intact for a huge range of reasons space does not allow expansion upon – urgent, manifold and compelling environmental, economic, social and health issues affected by public transport.
LIN PATTERSON Save Our 6-7 Buses campaign Brookleaze Buildings Larkhall Bath