The Dunkirk spirit: how free buses are revolutionising one French city

With thanks to the East Devon Watch blog today:

On the one hand, in the UK (from the Independent):

Bus travel hits 12-year-low as prices rise and services are axed

On the other, in France (from the Guardian):

“We have been pragmatic: we looked at the advantages of free transport and weighed them against the disadvantages and decided €7m is not a lot to pay for all the benefits. If I can pass one message to other mayors it’s to fight the dogma. Put the advantages and disadvantages on the table and consider it realistically. It may be that the financial cost is too great, but don’t underestimate the social advantages. You can’t put a price on mobility and social justice.”

‘I leave the car at home’: how free buses are revolutionising one French city

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