VIDEO: WARRINGTON’S bus company has often been criticised by members of the public but lots of work is going on behind the scenes to help encourage people to use public transport and ease congestion on the roads.
The #LoveWarrington show team caught up with Warrington’s Own Buses Managing Director Ben Wakerley, following a trip down memory lane along Horsemarket Street, including passing the site of the former offices of warrington-worldwide’s publishers Orbit News, which launched over 50 years ago.
Mr Wakerley said the bus company had gone through a period in the past where perhaps some unpopular decisions had been made – but these had helped “shore it up” and help make it better for the future.
“It is difficult for all bus companies as traffic congestion is a problem and we know it is a problem in Warrington.
“We need car restraint. We are not saying people shouldn’t use cars but it is important people try and use public transport when they can and we are doing our bit with investment, reduced fares and new buses.
“It is really important we start to think about how we use our cars or we are just going to have more problems with traffic congestion and air quality.”
Mr Wakerley added that it was important to remain positive and efforts were being made to reduce fares in a responsible way.
“We have got some of the cheapest bus tickets in the country but we need to do things the right way,” he added.
Meanwhile Gary Pemberton from Belvoir Sales & Lettings, highlighted some of the exciting residential developments taking place in the town centre.