As Manchester bus wars rage: ‘Bollards to public transport!’

‘I’m too stupid to read road signs… they had no theory test in my day!’

Hanging around Chorlton Bus Station, you could easily miss the bus wars that have brought Manchester city centre to a halt. Dispersed among the suburbs the busses continue to meander slowly, taking their time over delivering commuters from A to B. You’d think a bus war would bring – albeit temporarily – a wealth of busses providing a suddenly frequent low cost service. But no.

And while the latest farce proves deregulation has failed, the city centre’s inability to cope with the busses required for this infrequent service would seem to prove that we will never have a decent bus service.

Meanwhile YouTube is packed with CCTV footage of stupid people trying to jump the automatic bollards that keep Corporation Street semi-pedestrian. Many indignant fools claim to be victims, but all drivers have a responsibility to read road signs.

The video evidence shows many are well aware of the three foot telescopic bollards that have wrecked their vehicles. I’ve spliced my favourite two incidents together. We have the woman in the white coat who seems to appeal to passers-by: ‘I’m too stupid to read road signs… they had no theory test in my day!’

She than backs out for a bus and wrecks her car trying to tailgate. (Note too how the evil bus driver moves off as the punter alights.) Then there’s the 4X4 driver who hits the gas to dramatic effect.

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