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Uncertain times for buses in the years ahead

BSOG reform and a Competition Commission probe will unsettle a struggling sector

Ben Colson

Mid December brought the ministerial statement on the future of subsidy to the bus industry, followed swiftly three festive and snowy weeks later by the announcement by the Office of Fair Trading that it is to refer the market to the Competition Commission.

At one level, then, the year has started with two major policy uncertainties being clarified, but actually not so. The bus industry remains in a state of uncertainty, and will do so for some years, as a result of either one of these...

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27 Jan 2010

Public transport is a public service, something that is understood all across Europe but not, apparently, here except in London (except that we may be seeing some glimmers of light in other metropolitan areas).

I don't understand the comment about Quality Contracts, because I thought that they were targeted at urban and even metropolitan areas. Cynically, I also thought that they were an attempt to do the London thing but more cheaply.