I TOOK my quarterly trip on what is called “public transport” the other day.

I have a so-called 10-minute bus service within yards of my house right into the centre of town.

I went to the bus stop a minute before the bus was due and waited for its timely arrival.

Fifteen minutes later two double deckers arrived at the same time.

The cheeky beggars then requested £2 for a two-mile journey on an uncomfortable, noisy, smelly, stuffy vehicle that takes such a circuitous route it makes you feel like you’ve been on a fairground ride.

“Oh well,” I thought, just one of those things.


On the way back a 20-minute wait for the 10-minute service was required, at which point a total of three buses of the same number arrived.

So it is with great anticipation that I hear Quality Bus Contracts could be coming.

The contracts are being drawn up by Metro and will mean they will control fares, routes and frequencies and not the bus companies.

I’ve never understood why private enterprises should have bus lanes built for them to the detriment of private vehicle users only for them to then cut the services, increase the fares and run vehicles so old and polluting they would make Fred Dibnah (RIP) wince.

Maybe we’ll get some action on trains next – one can only hope?