I gave birth to my daughter in March, and I’ve begrudgingly had to place her in a nursery already because I have to work.
A poll conducted by We Own It found that 44% of UK adults are in favour of public ownership of buses. Yet in 2016, the Conservative government brought in the bus services bill, which banned local councils from starting new publicly owned bus services. Meanwhile, most commuters are served by just five private bus operators. In one web survey, 19% of respondents said they had to turn down offers of employment because of poor bus services.
The demonstration in Bristol aims to show First Bus that people in the city aren’t prepared to put up with this any more. We also want to make sure bus drivers are supported at work so that they are healthy and stay in the job longer.
A nationalised bus system would offer an efficient, democratic and fair transport service, preventing situations like the one we have seen in Bristol. However, for councils to nationalise bus services there needs to be a change in the law. For that to happen, we’re going to need many more angry people to fight for it.
Currently people only have 5 choices in bus service. Thing will be better if we reduce this to one choice.