Closure of bus station (Johann Siebert)
Margaret Thatcher once remarked anyone who didn’t drive to work in their own car was a social failure.
It seems the SIC shares this contempt for those who may use public road transport for reasons of economy, convenience or even principle if the sudden closure on Monday of the Viking Bus Station building – the culmination of the gradual running down of the facility over the past two years beginning with the removal of the lift and much of the seating, and including the recent disappearance of the wall clock presented by architects responsible for the structure’s not unattractive design – is any indicator.
Today the traveller is faced by barred doors, locked toilets, a rusty phone booth, uninformative white A4 photocopied notices of indefinite closure glued to windows, and high above, a broken clock.
The nurturing of public transport usage should be a prime objective of an enlightened SIC in the 21st century with a “welcoming” (to use a word Shetland planners like to apply to their extravagant new AHS), publicly-owned Viking Bus Station playing a central role; that it is not lends support to Jonathan Wills’ letter (17th July) that “democratic decay” is on the increase with a council anxious to avoid public scrutiny.