This blog is something different from my normal wildlife blogs.
All over the country rural bus services are being cut. Oxfordshire County Council recently said that they needed to make £50m cuts over the next 4 years, £2.3m a year will come from cutting bus route subsides.
I live in one of the small villages that will be affected by the reduction of the bus routes. This will mean walking 2 miles in to the next village to catch a bus or walking along a winding country lane out to the main dual carriage way where the bus from Swindon stops, but that is still 1.2 miles from my house.
I really enjoy living in the countryside but taking away the buses from the village will affect those people who don’t drive such as the teenagers and the elderly. It is also better for the environment for people to use public transport.
This morning my local Parish Council organised a demonstration walk from the centre of the village out to where we will have to catch the bus from. A huge number of villagers turned out to walk along this dangerous stretch of road to show how perilous it will be.
As we walked we were passed by a large number of cars. At one stage, cars where coming from both directions and one car had to go on the grass verge to get around the walkers, we were also passed by tractors twice.
It felt quite scary even though there was a large group of us, I can’t imagine how dangerous it would be if you were on your own and it was getting dark.