Uber won’t save us from the Christmas transport shutdown | Mary Dejevsky

Uber won’t save us from the Christmas transport shutdown | Mary Dejevsky
There should be a service for the car-free and less mobile on the big day, and it needn’t cost the earth either

It’s one of those things that you know full well is going to happen, but you can’t quite believe it until it does: the great holiday transport shutdown. It was brought home to me once again this year when I glanced at the Transport for London website. Click on the picture of a rather stylish Christmas cracker, labelled “festive travel”, and you might conclude that “travel” is an optimistic word. It is no coincidence that TfL’s gold and silver cracker is depicted in two severed pieces.

Day-to-day provision over the Christmas fortnight is complicated, or as the site rather charmingly says, “every day is slightly different”. So it’s not until you reach 25 December that the harsh truth hits: “There are no public transport services on this day,” it begins. That’s right, no public transport; none at all. It is the same in the UK’s other big cities.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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