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Two years a going

Posted on November 1, 2010

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It was about this time two years ago that I finally decided to move public transport musings from my outdoors blog to a dedicated site on the web and that’s exactly what this is. Since then, some things have changed and some haven’t. One of the former has been our economic fortunes and what that has done to the public finances. Now, after a change of government, bus and rail travel is facing more uncertain times. It is for that reason that organisations such as the Campaign for Better Transport will come into their own and I am certain that any developments will give me something to say too. Nevertheless, it is always heartening to learn that others care about bus and train services as much as you do so that’s why I have been collecting a list of fellow bloggers on the sidebar. We’ll be living in interesting times after the previous Labour government’s largely more benevolent attitude to public transport (barring a sarcastic response at PMQ’s from Gordon Brown, of course; maybe that Birmingham bus issue was better raised with the relevant local authority instead…). Misimpressions regarding such matters as vehicle taxation or that there ever has been a war on motorists will need challenging and it might be up to those of us who need to confront such ideas to stand up and be counted. Whatever comes, we’ll see what happens.