Michael Cotter talks about the introduction of the Super Bus and the importance of the provision of transport in Stevenage

“And again they were in Stevenage first there have been so many Stevenage firsts, it is difficult to recall them all but we have done a lot of things that other people have copied.” Michael discusses the introduction of the Super Bus.

Stevenage Museum

Transcript:

Interviewer: Well there we are, it’s a sort of town that was built with lots of two storey, mainly two storey buildings which meant it was so spread out that you had to have a good transport system

Michael:  Yes that was the introduction of the Super Bus. That was marvellous. But yes that was a marvellous experiment it worked, it did reduce the number of car journeys, it gave people a door-to-door fast and speedy service, you know. A fare that they knew what their weekly commitments in advance was they knew for a fair time. It wasn’t unreasonable, it worked that’s the criteria, that’s test it worked. It was frequent I think it is less frequent now. But in those days it was very frequent and we had a method of scaling our buses, which looked different because they were painted yellow then to attract a lot of attention. Very good. And again they were in Stevenage first there have been so many Stevenage firsts, it is difficult to recall them all but we have done a hell of a lot of things that other people have copied.

Interviewer: That was extremely useful if you are going to have to get people off the road

Michael: Oh yes

Interviewer: Reduce accidents, save money and all the rest of it you have got to help and provide transport.

Michael: That’s right

Interviewer: It’s a social service virtually

Michael: That’s right

Cotter 1986

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