Have to feel for them

THE Mercury reported last week another round of cuts to bus services operated by First.

THE Mercury reported last week another round of cuts to bus services operated by First. Lifeline services in Hutton and other villages and key routes here in Weston.

First's local spokesman said the company was suffering from the economic downturn. You have to feel for them don't you? After all, they only made total profits of �360million last year - �122million of which came from UK bus services.

They're struggling. You can tell. They're only pocketing �300,000 in profit every day. Their poor chief executive only took home �580,000 in pay last year. Luckily they doubled his pay with a handy bonus. So he only had to get by on �1million last year.

Doesn't this reinforce the utter nonsense and disgrace that is the way we run our public transport services?


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Every day the shareholders and top bosses are raking in a fortune. Every day they are providing poor services at inflated prices. Every day they cut services to preserve their profits without a thought for the residents on the ground.

This system has got to change. We cannot go on allowing essential services to be determined by the shareholders instead of ordinary people.

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MIKE BELL

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Weston-super-Mare

George Street

Weston

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