We feel we should share wiht you the excellent letter published in Derbyshire Times:
I feel that I must reply to the letter from Adam Gould about “benefit scroungers” in last week’s Derbyshire Times.
First of all, I agree with him that all residents should take part in the consultation currently being carried out by Derbyshire County Council about the cuts to subsidised bus services, although it must be remembered that a similar exercise a few years ago resulted in the cuts proposed going ahead any way with very little (if any) changes – so much for listening to residents’ views! We shall wait and see!
Where I must disagree with him however, is in his stance over the use of the free bus pass.
In a recent report “Case for the bus pass” presented to the House of Commons on September 9 by the organisation Greener Journeys, research showed that for every £1 spent on concessionary travel for the aged and disabled, a return of £2.87 is generated for the economy and society.
I am afraid that I may be a little biased as I am one of these “benefit scroungers” that Mr Gould refers to!
I do have a car and there are certain journeys which I make which would be difficult to make by bus. However, I do make many journeys by bus using my concessionary pass when I have a choice, as I know many of my friends and neighbours do (I will even admit to occasionally being one of those riding around all day for the sake of it!).
However,by doing this, I am cutting down on congestion, pollution and leaving the parking space for someone more deserving than myself, and we all know how difficult that can be at certain times and in certain places!
Buses in Scotland are set to become greener with a funding boost worth £2 million, Transport Minister Keith Brown has said.
It marks the latest round of applications for the Scottish Green Bus Fund which is aimed at making services “greener, more efficient and easier to use”.
Last year’s Scottish Green Bus Fund saw five bus operators introduce 48 new low-carbon buses.
Mr Brown made the announcement as he delivered the keynote address at the 2012 Transport Conference in Glasgow, where he also reaffirmed the Government’s future transport priorities.
He said: “Our recently published Government Economic Strategy, our Infrastructure Investment Plan, the Regeneration Strategy and our Cities Strategy collectively set out a package of actions to deliver on our overall Purpose and make Scotland a competitive, 21st-century economy.
“Our first Scottish Green Bus Fund, issued last year, will see the delivery of 48 new vehicles, with early indications showing substantial fuel savings and reductions in emissions.
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A north London council has begun fining bus and coach operators that allow their vehicles to idle for too long.
It is a move to stop the amount of emissions released by engines turning over at bus stands and coach parking bays.
Starting this week, bus operators that allow idling of more than four minutes in the borough can be fined £80.
Camden Council said that some areas in the borough were in breach of European and national air quality standards.
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A fleet of hybrid buses have been launched on bus routes in the city of Sheffield. The 21 diesel and electric fuelled buses are part of a campaign by Stagecoach Yorkshire to make public transport more environmentally friendly and attract more people onto their services.
The state of the art hybrid buses all have free Wi-Fi onboard, which is an added bonus for passengers travelling on services in Sheffield, and are expected to each use 20,000 gallons of diesel less a year compared to regular fuelled powered buses, helping to cut emissions by 30% annually.
The cost of the hybrid buses is thought to be in the region of £6 million, however the bus company received a £2 million grant from the Government’s Green Bus Fund, to help with the cost of the new hybrid buses.
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The money is part of the Government´s drive to target investment in new projects that promote green growth and encourage use of sustainable local transport.
All English regions will benefit with funds which have been paid to 20 bus operators and 6 local authorities. All the buses are expected to be in service by 2012.
Norman Baker said:
“My vision is for a transport system that cuts carbon and creates growth.
“Low carbon buses emit around 30 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than standard diesel buses and use around a third less fuel – that is why it was so important to kick-start the market.
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