Post by WH241 on Jan 18, 2022 22:46:03 GMT
People have become spoilt in London and would have melt down if they had to use transport outside of London even just on the Essex border they would love a bus every 15 mins.
Yes people are leaving transport but it will only go so far not everyone has a choice or can afford a car, trains or cabs.
I would say it's the apps that have made this worse, while you can time a stop outside your house it's hard to time a connection.
People in London are spoilt, but the issue I'd say is that you can't change this. You can't tell people to deal with it when they simply won't. It's what finished off the RV1 and dare I say many more routes will eventually join. While 15min may seem petty, people would rather do something in those 15 minutes.
I certainly wouldn't wait 15 minutes, whenever I see a bus to Asda is a 15 minute wait I just hop in my car instead and I know many others do too. Today one of my colleagues drove through the congestion zone because they didn't want to wait for a 21 as they claimed it was too infrequent.
I use my car a lot but also mindful of rip off parking charges and the fact most places are permit only now and a right faff for visitor permits (Newham has a awful online system where as before you could use pre purchase paper tickets). Public transport does win most times.
That seems madness to pay the congestion charge and sit in central London traffic.
Based on some comments here the last few days we might as well just scrap buses. It seems if the buses isn’t ever 5 to 6 mins it’s not good enough. Im not trying to be argumentative but some of these arguments against buses leave me wondering just want people honestly expect from cheap public transport.