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Letters to the editor: Issue 595 27 Apr 2012

Bus services can be profitable, or policy tools, but not both

Barry Hutton

Your report that East Lothian Council is considering setting up an arms-length company to operate bus services to replace those being withdrawn by FirstGroup (‘Council could run buses as First cuts routes’ LTT 13 Apr) hides fundamental discontinuities between government policy and transport planning practice that are far from being confined to East Lothian. The Scottish Government, in common with the English, has adopted policies on climate change, on reducing carbon dioxide, on...

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