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‘Full House’ at Chichester. Where does the next arrival find a stand? JACK IZATT

Jack Izatt shares his thoughts on bus stations after making use of about 20 of them in

Gatwick Airport – don’t you love it! On a recent visit it seemed even more of an ordeal than I had remembered. For a variety of reasons, my use of public transport has soared in the last year, giving me a variety of experience from excellent to awful. Air transport has lost the fun it used to have and just has to be endured. By contrast, the railways have improved out of all recognition since privatisation. Smooth, quiet (especially the electric services) and clean – my experience even of the much maligned Southern Railways has been good.

However, the bulk of my journeys have been by bus and I am delighted to say that the experience, almost without exception, has also been good. Nevertheless, I have come to realise that there is more to bus travel than clean new buses and helpful staff. Bus stations are just as important to the bus traveller.[…]

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