If people are interested or wish to support BRTA's efforts or get involved, you can ask to be a friend here, but also join via the website (only £1 the first year) via www.brta-bedford.org.uk
BRTA is a small voluntary people group pressure advocating better public transport and flagging up and highlighting 'gaps', not following writ or pop as some larger bodies near and wider trend-tend to do, laced with professional self-other interested associated links and 'keep others out' approaches, which actually makes public transport improvement harder to deliver on as 'free and wild cards' actually help stimulate/give stimulation to professional focus' - questions awaiting answers, answers awaiting questions = legitimate discourse and engagement. Thus to cull BRTA type set ups, exclude or pariah for 'trying'; as has happened; actually glue-bosses to a synthetic 'theatre=zoo' of the reality for most ordinary people and locks in the presumption that cheap derve and the road-air is the ONLY show in town and always will be until The End.
This is such a moral dereliction of consistency, it informs any one who wants, some excuse for dissent. But dissent without redressing the under-lying moral basis for such, is perverse, dissent for delivering a more equal and inclusive set of dynamics whilst keeping faith with the Higher calling of the meaning and value of 'fragile life-earth' ontologies itself; is what demarcs dissent with a valid purpose and dissent for it's own or some other motive/agenda. I have met some who take a legitimate x57 issue, case/s, causes, some of which are contra to each other in the purest sense of focused operations, albeit some umbrellas of 'social', 'economic', 'cultural', 'multi-whatever' groupifies and over-laps.
BUT, everybody, whatever your creed, colour, class, back ground is affected one way or another by transport, dailies, options, restrictions and that popular word 'choice' or prohibition as a default to pro-affirm! We cannot see raw supplies in energy, fuel and transport as just a local matter nor just global that local is subscript or triviality of detail and fit to an accountant's world apprehension and view. Yet commodification informs that this has and remains a strong element in reckoning trend. It must be challenged. To fail to do so, runs us into the other dynamics which fill so much of our media-news and political engagement, when a world of actual need, could be being properly resourced, addressed and 'peace-making' than war fire-fighting being thrust before us 'all of a sudden'.
The railways got Britain through the two Great Wars of WW1, WW2, but 50 years after the onslaught dismantlification of that whole network of integrated critical operations, what we have now is metaphorically 'London bridge is Falling Down' and hardly 'fit for purpose'!
In short, BRTA relies on the public and society to be credible and operationally robust, the alternative informs the outcome too - but in such place, we find very little landscape-wise, actually in England, has been rebuilt contrast our Celtic and European Neighbours over the last 45 years since the end of the 1960's rail-wise and HS2 is an all absorbing concept, but in multi regional, radial relevance, a bit of a 'red herring'. How often do we hear the back-foot of 'relevance' being flagged up today? Local, small upwards and outwards, people centric (inherent of the Divine in People) is the way to go for localism, sustainability, organic - not just food, but Christian expression and growth too - friends, families, communities, nations and world-wide, whereas the onslaught model of Empire and Globalism is top-down, macro-to the micro, resulting in ham-fisted superimposition or deferment. Thus pluralism of itself may not be a bad thing, but the observation of where it is trending, must surely be informative as to whether it delivers 'relevance' and to whom ultimately?!