BUG meet State of Guernsey Deputies about proposed bus fare rise

July 23rd, 2010 by Fergus

Fifteen States of Guernsey Deputies met the Bus Users Group (BUG) on 21 July at the PEH, six more than expected. Another six Deputies declined our invitation for genuine reasons but sent support. Peter Le Vasseur and I certainly enjoyed ourselves, and if you had been there (sorry, it was Deputies only) hopefully you would have said we made a good double-act.

The Deputies gave BUG a fair hearing (see www.bug.gg for last week’s consultation submission). Together we navigated the shoals of doubt, without losing anyone as far as I could see, dealing with statements as disparate as: “Almost nobody minds”, “Off with their heads”, “Civil liberty surrendered over my dead body” and “What routes would ICW run if left with no subsidy?”. There was much willingness to find the point of maximum consensus.

The fact that the Environment Department Board sent a senior civil servant to count the opposition and pick up any weaknesses in our position, was probably a bit of a bonus. He even helped answer the question “Into whose pocket will the fare increase go?” Treasury & Resource’s.

The Environment Department Board can no longer hope that something as nerdy as a drifting Transport Strategy won’t raise its head, despite the time of year, and the many other hot topics crowding it for oxygen.

On Monday, 26 July, the Deputies meet the Environment Department Board behind closed doors.

Please send them supportive messages before then if you wish. I hope they will be offered a transport strategy debate in September, with the chance to vote on the direction intended for the buses, and the means of getting there.

And I hope that the fare increase, whenever it is announced – tomorrow?, will come with enough sweeteners to keep the number of bus users rising.

Fergus

Co-ordinator, Bus Users Group

1 Response to “BUG meet State of Guernsey Deputies about proposed bus fare rise”

  1. rosie dorey

    The cost of fossil fuels, on which so much of our infrastructure depends, is only going to go one way…. up. As this drives up the cost of living it will become increasingly important that we have an inexpensive (to use), viable and efficient public transport system so that we can all avoid the unnecessary expense of multiple car ownership. Now is the time that we should be investing in that service. Subsiding car use with free parking on publicly owned land keeps driving as the cheapest travel option, and so we all become more and more used to and dependant on it. Increasing the cost of bus travel now without serious improvements to the service demonstrates SUCH short-sightedness and will result in more hardship in the long run.

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