Not only did the buses actually serve the villages that the stations purported to serve, but (in Rugby's case at least) served where the people wanted to go in the town better too. Even in Nottingham and Leicester, where the GC had well sited stations, the bus routes also served other parts of the City on their journey in and out. It is also to be realised that in that era buses were seen as a cleaner form of transport - my mum always says that you didn't travel by train in your best clothes, take the bus rather. In the late 50s/early 60s the railways were really dirty and run down.BIB - it was usually bus travel which did for such stations though, mainly because the buses actually served the villages the railway station purported to and tended to go to the places people wanted for shopping etc.
Buses were seen as comfortable, convenient and dependable. Although really to be the subject of a different thread, this started changing with traffic congestion causing delays, one man buses being more powerful to enable the same journey time with the driver collecting the fares giving a less comfortable ride, the specification of buses reaching new lows on the altar of economy, and weaving through parked vehicles and traffic calming at speed, and diverting off the direct road due to by-pass construction, all conspiring to turn bus riding into a last resort. Ending a far cry from the Beeching cut period.