Well done, First, but look at fares

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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed the gleaming new low emission buses, boasting 2013 registration plates.

Well done to First Group for introducing these. Anything that helps improve the air quality in the Calder Valley is most welcome.

However, one of the biggest hurdles in ensuring that people leave their cars at home and take the bus instead is the high cost of bus fares. First Group needs to bring down its fares and increase the number of passengers.

If the number of cars on the road could be reduced and with it the air pollution, then these lovely new buses would be even more welcome. So how about bringing your fares down too?

Lesley Mackay

Chair, Sustainable Transport Group, Upper Calder Valley Renaissance