From: Martin Driver, public relations manager, Metro.
the Yorkshire Post and its readers need not be concerned that the playing of music at Metro bus stations, whether classical or not, will affect the information provided to passengers about bus services (Yorkshire Post, April 2).
Real-time information telling people when and from where their bus will depart is available on the display screens at main bus stations and any necessary announcements can be made over the buildings’ PA systems, which override the music being played.
While Metro is happy to leave the discussion on what types of music are suitable to be played in a bus station to the Yorkshire Post and Dr Walker, we do know from passengers’ comments that they enjoy what they describe as “the soothing atmosphere” by live or recorded music, while waiting for the bus. The fact that a soothing atmosphere may not be enjoyed by individuals who sometimes choose to linger at bus stations for reasons other than catching a bus, can only enhance the enjoyment of these genuine passengers.
From: M E Wright, Grove Road, Harrogate.
“BUS chiefs find way to Handel yobs at stations” – an appreciative groan to Andrew Robinson for the pun, but I am less impressed by his blanket application of “yobs” to these aimless youngsters.
Many young people have probably heard nothing but pop since they were in the womb and perhaps Metro’s belated realisation of the value of Mozart, Beethoven et al. might help to welcome some of them into a new and wonderful world.
This is a world where they would not be badgered into mindless musical conformity by a combination of peer-group pressure and ruthless exploitation by the lucrative mass hysteria industry: “Get ‘em screaming and sell, sell, sell.”
Metro’s conversion is excellent news and I hope they won’t forget Elgar, Delius, Vaughan Williams and many more, lesser-known, British composers. Waiting for the 36 could become a pleasure.