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Analysis: Issue 584 18 Nov 2011

DfT rules out early legislation to deliver competition body’s bus market remedies

New legislation to implement the Competition Commission’s proposed remedies for local bus markets won’t be a priority for the Government, the DfT has told the Commission. Meanwhile, bus operators seem distinctly unimpressed with the competition body’s reform plans.

Andrew Forster

It must help to have a thick skin if you’re a member of the Competition Commission’s local bus market inquiry team. Its provisional remedies to boost competition in Britain’s local bus market outside London have upset the local government community – particularly Integrated Transport Authorities – by omitting franchising. But if the team expected a bit of gratitude from bus operators, then they’ll have been disappointed; many of the operator responses to the...

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