The rural town that refused to let austerity kill its buses | Aditya Chakrabortty
The devastation of bus services is a silent legacy of recent Tory governments. But in Witney – David Cameron’s back yard – a not-for-profit service run by locals is providing a lifeline
Sit on the 210 for just a few minutes and strangers start to tell you things. They tell you crap jokes. They tell you how they were once ace footballers. About their heart problems. If you’re busy, they fill each other in on their just-completed trips to the GP or Aldi. And they’ll talk about how lost they’d be without this squat little bus turned impromptu social club.
“If this weren’t running, I’d be knackered.”
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Source: Guardian Transport
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