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In reply to Councillor Peter Wood’s letter ( December 4), he states that it is something to celebrate that the bus companies in Tyne & Wear put profits before passengers.

Well, not in my view, although we are all aware that running at a loss is not a good idea for any company, but surely when it comes to our bus service passengers must be taken into consideration before large profits.

If we have such a good service why is it that the residents of Oakfield Court in Herrington now have only one bus an hour to get to their Health Centre in Silksworth for doctors appointments. When I made enquiries regarding this (the service used to be every twenty minutes) I was told that there is a service to Washington, how does that help the residents of Oakfield?

Councillor Woods also goes on to say that a survey was carried out and 90% of passengers were satisfied, unfortunately, with surveys it depends on what and who you ask.

Bridget Phillipson has been involved in her “Big Bus Campaign” for some time as she is concerned about the level of service in Sunderland.

We have a huge problem with the escalation of car ownership, leading to parking issues.

We need to encourage people to use buses more. This will not happen if bus companies keep reducing services to keep up large profits.

Coun Gillian Galbraith,

St Chad’s Ward,

East Herrington In reply to Councillor Peter Wood’s letter ( December 4), he states that it is something to celebrate that the bus companies in Tyne & Wear put profits before passengers.