Guardian readers respond to recent stories about local bus services and railways
Renationalisation of the railways is a rightly popular Labour policy. But as Owen Jones points out (Don’t sneer at Corbyn: for millions, buses really do matter, 6 July), far more people rely on buses for everyday travel than on trains. Since giving up my car, I have lost countless hours of my life waiting for buses. And at my age, with many ambitions unfulfilled, every hour is precious. We are urged in the name of combating climate change to use public transport rather than private cars, but were I still in employment, it would probably be impossible to do so. Together with rail renationalisation, a programme of reintegration and coordination of bus services nationwide, with consumer input contributing to the design of the services, would be a popular addition to Labour’s manifesto for the next election, appealing in particular to those traditional supporters whom Labour is alleged to have been neglecting in recent years.
• Your correspondent Wendy Mulville wonders how many of those mocking Mr Corbyn have ever been on a bus (Letters, 7 July), and this reminds me of a story Peter Ustinov used to tell. Two well-heeled and privileged old gentlemen are in their Pall Mall club having a good-natured argument about public transport, in the course of which one of them accuses his friend of never having even been on a bus. Sheepishly he admits this is true, but vows to rectify the situation at once and catch a bus home that very afternoon.