Letter: Let's make sure we use our bus passes on a daily basis to show there is the demand for these routes

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The problems people have with the bus services in Derbyshire (and most of Britain) are due to the current system being based on the profit motive that our capitalist society promotes and that bus companies want their share of.

The profit motive is the reason Stagecoach and Hulleys claim we cannot have ‘better buses’ and a service that serves its people.I feel the companies use the excuse that, post-Covid, the levels of bus use have continued to fall – but why would you want to try and catch a bus you can’t guarantee will turn up on time or at all?

One answer and action is to use our bus passes on a daily basis to show there is the demand for buses (and the bus companies won’t mind as they claim such fares back from the county).Also, if you were to call in at any local town centre and have a tea and a bun, or do a little shopping, it would help boost the local economy too.We will be calling on the Better Buses campaign to pick this up and take further action – things are getting better in Manchester and South Yorkshire.

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You need to help identify the faults with the present bus provision and complain to the bus companies and to the county council, who will be better placed to take action to improve things.This is an interim strategy before franchising and then full public ownership to create a responsive bus service that’s fit for purpose.

Adrian Rimington

Chesterfield

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