For many of us, public transport is useful but not essential. We have got used to not having any buses, and have invested in buying and insuring a car so that we can get around – to our jobs, do the shopping and have a social life. But many don’t have that option and the lack of public transport in our area means social isolation and unemployment.
The redundant bus shelters on our roadsides are a symbol of the failed policies of our council. Once they were the gateways to opportunities. Now they are simply the destination for young people with nowhere else to go.