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Amesbury bus station closure is a poor decision
2:08pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Letters
I ALWAYS imagine that a truly decent and civilised society tries its utmost to improve the lives of its people and especially those for whom life is a struggle – after all, ‘everybody matters’.
The closing of the Amesbury bus station is a truly poor decision as I can’t believe that it will improve the lives of the many for whom the bus is the only possible means of transportation.
Every day, I drive past the Amesbury station at 7.15am and there are already lots of people waiting for their bus to arrive.
For the last three months, the weather has been clement and so, possibly, waiting has not been too onerous. As the winter approaches, I guess that this wait will become less attractive, although at least some protection is given by a wall behind and a roof overhead. Will the new bus stops have proper protection from the elements? Will there be places for passengers to sit while waiting? Are these changes going to enhance the start of the working day for many?
I am sure that there will be many who recall the days when Amesbury’s bus station had both a waiting room and a small shop.
It may have included lavatories.
Past correspondence in the Journal has suggested that money has been behind the decision to close.
Possibly cynically, but I do wonder, that out of the important people who made the decision to close the bus station, how many have to rely upon taking the bus to their place of work?
To misquote Ogden Nash: ‘Greedy men, they have no cares, whatever happens, they get theirs.’ But then, perhaps not quite ‘everybody’ matters.
NIGEL WAY, Fittleton
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