Andrew Allison

Cars and buses

In Uncategorized on September 7, 2007 at 7:16 pm
I remember a few years ago, John Prescott boarding a train at Scarborough Railway Station and telling everyone that this was the way to travel. Leave your cars at home. The train tootled along the line for a few miles and came to a halt at Seamer. ‘Two Jags’ then got off the train and was driven off in his government jaguar.
I also remember the Mr Prescott cycling along Holderness Road in Hull. He was extolling the virtues of cycling – whilst looking rather ridiculous – not telling us watching on television that the police had cleared the aforementioned road of traffic to allow Mr Prescott to stage his publicity stunt.
I know it is not just Mr Prescott who is guilty of this type of hypocrisy, although he is a very easy target, and the next time I see a politician telling me I should leave my car at home and catch a bus, I’ll remember what happened to me this morning.
I had to go to the garage this morning as my car was leaking engine coolant. After waiting for an hour and a half, I decided to go back home. It was either walk or catch the bus. I checked the timetable on the bus stop and discovered there was a bus due any moment. I waited for around five minutes and decided to walk instead, and it was a good job I did. By the time I had walked to the bus stop where I would have alighted, there was still people waiting for this bus that was by then over 20 minutes late. Whether it turned up or not, I don’t know, however, I was lucky. I could walk the distance. There are plenty of people who cannot. That is why I will never leave my car at home and rely on public transport. It is fine if you live in a city or a large town. There are some bus routes in Hull that run services every 12 minutes, but the bus I was waiting for was an hourly service from Scarborough.
So my message to cabinet ministers, running around in their chauffeur driven cars, is; try relying on a bus out in the sticks for a week, and then tell us to leave our cars at home. You never know, it may just shut them up.
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  1. What used to drive me absolutely beserk in London was waiting for a N53 in the Deptford direction, for example and once I counted 6 of them going the other way plus a N54 which was also useful, before one came our way.

    Drive you insane.

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