Labour’s pledge to cut rail and bus fares would benefit the whole country | Lynsey Hanley

Millions can’t afford to run a car but have to, simply because the public transport system near them is so appalling

For anyone who thinks public transport subsidies are a sop to the middle class, allow me this one anecdote. In 1989, my mum’s life was revolutionised by a bus. We had no car and lived on a large estate that had a regular bus running through the middle of it, but no service reaching the dense tangle of streets and walkways away from the main road. The last few hundred yards from the terminus to our house was a struggle with shopping, a danger at night, and a death-trap in icy weather.

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