Bus journey blues

I have the delight of using public transport each day to go to work in Cambridge. Huntingdon & District bus company has purchased some second-hand double-decker buses, two of which are obviously ex-London Transport. These buses are not suitable for long

I have the delight of using public transport each day to go to work in Cambridge.

Huntingdon & District bus company has purchased some second-hand double-decker buses, two of which are obviously ex-London Transport.

These buses are not suitable for long journeys down a road such as the A14. Anyone having to stand takes their life in their hands.

Also, there are large notices informing passengers that when they wish to alight they should ring the bell and remain seated until the bus stops.

What a joke. In the seats which are said to be suitable for handicapped

/elderly people, the bells are so far away that they cannot be reached by anyone seated except in about two places.

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This means a passenger has to hold on tight and walk down a moving bus to press the bell - and then hope that the driver will realise that gentle braking is just as effective as slamming on the brakes and attempting to throw the passenger out of the door.

In any event, it is an unwise move, if you are able to reach a bell, to remain in your seat until the bus stops. If the driver cannot see you staggering down the aisle of the bus (or trying not to fall down the stairs) he or she will not stop. It is no wonder that people are reluctant to leave their cars at home.

As to the guided bus, many people work the Shire Hall side of Cambridge but as yet no information seems to be available as to how they will get to work using the guided bus, which will come into Cambridge via the Science Park.

MARY P HODGE

Tennyson Avenue

St Ives

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