The headline to the Worcester News story about First Bus cuts to services says it all: “Bus firm pleased with the changes.” Cutting back on less profitable routes and focussing on those that make the most money is, I’m sure, very pleasing to First Bus.

However, users of the buses run by First Bus are certainly not pleased. Nor will non-bus users be pleased when they find congestion getting even worse, as more people are forced to drive or use a taxi.

It is time for a rethink.

The wider benefits to all of a publicly run bus service mean that it cannot be left to the private sector. If the County Council want to ensure that Worcestershire is “Open for Business”, as they claim, then they need a transport system that serves the people rather than First Bus.