Policies for the rich (James Whitworth)
The SIC continues to follow policies designed to increase depopulation of the islands and prevent the poor from travelling to cut costs in order to support Mareel, which public transport timings exclude most events to the carless outside Lerwick.
But councillors and managers think [of] Lerwick and the rich, not the poor and remote.
Dial-a-ride bus services used to be booked by ringing the operators but a few years ago the SIC decided that it would take over booking.
If storms (as on 28th December) mean that outer isle residents decide to postpone a Lerwick trip from Friday to Monday, SIC policy is to stop it as no buses can be booked.
Did the councillors or the management of transport consider this? Well they do have an emergency line for ferries (car owners matter) but decided to provide no such emergency service for the poor who rely on “dial-a-ride buses”.
The current transport review intends to make more bus services dial-a-ride (or book a fortnight in advance) as the SIC designs its service. But this allows more cancellation to fund the £600,000 loan (grant) to Mareel.
Arts for the centre and the rich. Well done SIC.
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