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  • "Who would want to use the bus? Given the choice between your nice comfortable, clean, air conditioned, nimble, quiet car which offers privacy and luxury amongst other things...

    Or take the bus which offers none of the above and which costs a fortune.

    It's a no brainer.

    We pay huge amounts to buy and keep our private vehicles onnthe roads (which aee an absolute disgrace by the way )...Why would anyone want to trade that for a bus. Not me that's for sure.

    Car makers are desperate to sell as many vehicles as possible every year. They are encouraged to do so not least by the government. And yet the motorist is constantly being sh1t on from a great height by local and central governments alike. We're all being encouraged to "take the bus' by both. New road schemes and improvements are done almost exclusively to aid bus journeys, not car owners. There's something very wrong with what's going on and it needs sorting out. Car drivers are cash cows, pure and simple and we all know it. And the more we're encouraged to take the bus the less we are likely to do so, because we all know it's disingenuous clap trap from every government that gets in.

    So Ms Chapman. You take the bus with your cronies if you like. I'll stick to the car thank you very much. And id appreciate it if you would stop trying to tell us all how we should lead our lives."
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Darlington MP Jenny Chapman supports campaign calling for more people to use buses

Billingham bus driver Brian Arnold was picked to appear on posters as part of the Catch the Bus Week initiative

Billingham bus driver Brian Arnold was picked to appear on posters as part of the Catch the Bus Week initiative

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by , Reporter (Darlington)

DARLINGTON MP Jenny Chapman has backed a campaign to get more people using buses in the town.

Ms Chapman attended the Darlington launch of the national Catch the Bus Week initiative and said bus companies should continue to do all they can to encourage more people to leave their cars at home.

She said: “I think it is important to encourage more people to use buses because it means we get more cars off the road which reduces congestion, it is also better for the environment and there is a health benefit to getting a walk at either end of your journey.

“I think bus companies need to do their best and I am pleased that Arriva seem to be willing to try and make it easier for passengers.

“They are investing in new buses and what we need to see is more buses going to places that people want to be, on time, and we need fares to stay down so that people can afford to use the bus.”

The campaign launch saw an Arriva bus parked at Joseph Pease Place today (Friday, April 25) and entertainment provided by Darlington dance troupe Dimensions.

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