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    The voice of treason Guy Fawkes's Avatar
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    It's a problem. I'm 51 and only bought a car 5 years ago so very used to public transport. I got talking to a woman at a bus stop in rural Norfolk and because she couldn't afford a car and had to get the bus, with a baby in a push chair, she could only carry a couple of bags of shopping and couldn't take advantage of offers. She also had the added expense of bus tickets every couple of days.
    Poorer people in cities are badly served but in the countryside they are absolutely f**ked.

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    Subsidised Uber (or similar) trip once in a while instead? rather than running a bus that's normally empty running a route several times a day instead in case the handful of people living on that route decide that they wont take their car out but use public transport instead

    Maybe even making use of sites like liftshare instead to help get about?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Guy Fawkes View Post
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      Subsidised Uber (or similar) trip once in a while instead? rather than running a bus that's normally empty running a route several times a day instead in case the handful of people living on that route decide that they wont take their car out but use public transport instead

      Maybe even making use of sites like liftshare instead to help get about?
      Yes, it looks like there are opportunities for Uber lift share arrangements for people in rural communities where they can share trips and costs. Maybe there’s an app or website out there already for them.
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      Yes, it looks like there are opportunities for Uber lift share arrangements for people in rural communities where they can share trips and costs. Maybe there’s an app or website out there already for them.
      Like this?
      https://liftshare.com/uk
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      As obvious as the huge subsidy London bus operators get ?

      Buses in London and the rest of the country are run on completely different principles.

      Generally FOR the people...

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      True but don't rural bus services get a subsidy as well?
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      And a hugely flippant point on my part - but outside London people don't pay 5-6 quid for a pint in a boozer (if they travel by bus and drink)!
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      True but don't rural bus services get a subsidy as well?
      Not as much as London which I think is 45 percent.

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      London bus fares are cheaper than most other places but that's because it is subsidised slightly which the council can afford to do because of the millions of people that live there and that contribute towards the council tax etc.

      The downside to London is that unless you are a millionaire and can afford to live in the.nicest parts, ie Hampstead, Highgate, Chelsea, Kensington, primrose hill etc, most of the other parts are quite rough with high levels of crime and not pleasant places to live. You can count the nice places to live in South and East London with one hand. North and west London is admittedly much.nicer although still has some dangerous areas. We don't have that in Brighton, even East Brighton is not dangerous.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Live by the sea View Post
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      The downside to London is that unless you are a millionaire and can afford to live in the.nicest parts, ie Hampstead, Highgate, Chelsea, Kensington, primrose hill etc, most of the other parts are quite rough with high levels of crime and not pleasant places to live.
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      Quote Originally Posted by clapham_gull View Post
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      As obvious as the huge subsidy London bus operators get ?

      Buses in London and the rest of the country are run on completely different principles.

      Generally FOR the people...

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      Please correct if I'm wrong, but don't most people in London walk to their destinations these days.
      I'm talking of getting there, instead of wasting time queueing for the bus.
      When I did jury service at the OB, a couple of years back, I found the it quite liberating just walking, instead of getting the bus.
      This is even to tube stations that were further down the line.

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