REPLY TO NCT LETTER
I wish to reply to the letter from Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT marketing manager (Local News April). He says that the audio that I find so annoying is part of the real time system of keeping passengers up-to-date with the times of their buses.
This is arrant nonsense. The real time system was used well before the present audio and electronically tracks the buses or provides timetable information by phone or at bus stops. The new system is very good and I find it very helpful.
If you read my letter properly, you will see that I complained about the volume of the A
audio, not whether it was necessary. I have no objection to social inclusion, providing that it includes me and the rest of the majority. I wince every time that I get on a bus, just waiting to have my ears blasted. People that I have spoken to are of the same opinion.
There is no connection between this audio and the use of wheelchairs, or having greater access to public transport. I accept that visitors to Nottingham want to know where the landmarks are. This information is readily available online and they do not need a noisy audio to convey it. I am sorry to read that the audio announcements are to be extended to other Bridgford Buses in the near future. That is a pity.