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Bus News
Arriva’s purchase of British patient transport provider Ambuline not only moves it further towards a model of mobility provider and away from... continue
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Bus News
Kevin Stewart MSP has asked the Office of Fair Trading to investigate FirstGroup’s market power in Aberdeen following a new round of fare... continue
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Articles
Why is he on the list? The OFT has a big influence on public transport in the UK. Fingleton and his colleagues assess whether markets work well for... continue
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People Lead Story
The coalition government today revealed the salaries of 172 civil servants whose salaries are higher than that of the prime minister... continue
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Bus News
Stagecoach has welcomed a ruling by the Competition Appeal Tribunal following an appeal against the Competition Commission’s decision to force... continue
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Bus News
The OFT has revealed that it will include the bus industry in its investigation into the control and ownership of the UK’s economic... continue
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Bus News
Stagecoach says that it is considering its options after the Competition Appeal Tribunal agreed with some elements of its appeal against the... continue
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Bus News
Andrew Garnett
The sale of Preston Bus by Stagecoach could take place within weeks according to local media reports. The Lancashire Evening Post revealed yesterday... continue
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Bus News Lead Story
Andrew Garnett
The real barrier to entry in the deregulated local bus market is profitability or lack of it according to a submission made by transport consultancy... continue
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Ben Colson
Ben Colson
One fact that pollsters always report, and which fascinates me, is that as a nation we love our free-on-delivery health policy, but we don’t... continue
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Bus News
The Office of Fair Trading has today exercised its discretion not to refer to the Competition Commission two acquisitions by Go Ahead and Arriva in... continue
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Cover Story
Partnership is the key to making local bus services successful in Britain. There is little that can be achieved without an ongoing dialogue between... continue
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Ben Colson
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... continue
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End of the line
Bus operators peeved by the recent decision by the Office of Fair Trading to refer local bus services to the Competition Commission may want to take... continue
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The Big Question
Clayton Jones, Proprietor, Heart of Wales Bus & Coach Company
When a private company engages in unfair practices to maintain a dominant market position, that’s disappointing - but understandable. Public... continue
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The Big Question
Stephen Morris, External Affairs Officer, Bus Users UK
We wouldn’t disagree that overall public transport fares are far too high in this country. That is an institutional thing that affects all... continue
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The Big Question
Mark Howarth, Managing Director, Western Greyhound
Because the deregulated bus market does not fit the OFT’s ideal business model, it has launched an investigation. But has the OFT protected the... continue
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The Big Question
Nicola Shaw, Director Bus - UK, Ireland and Germany, FirstGroup
The local bus market is very competitive. We compete with large and small operators in towns and cities across the UK and, of course, we are... continue
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The Big Question
Neil Scales, Chair of PTEG and Chief Executive of Merseytravel
It can hardly be a surprise to anyone that the competition authorities are going to take a long hard look at the way a market which has been divided... continue
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