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Mirror rails against great bus industry ‘rip off’

On 6 March The Daily Mirror was strongly critical of the private companies that run most of the UK’s bus services, describing the current state of affairs as “The great British bus ‘rip off’ with shareholders raking in millions while services are axed.” “Britain’s five big bus companies have given their shareholders £181m a year in dividends while services have been slashed and fares doubled,” the paper added. “The £181m figure is more than double the amount of money that has been cut from local authority supported bus funding since 2010, with cuts amounting to £74m a year have been blamed for 2,400 bus routes disappearing in England and Wales alone. “Meanwhile, bus fares have doubled in real terms since buses... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Chancellor criticised for lack of transport knowledge

Well-known transport commentator Christian Wolmar savaged Chancellor Philip Hammond in a comment piece on the Labour List website on 10 March, the latter’s status as a former transport secretary notwithstanding. “Philip Hammond’s knowledge of transport was well summed up at my... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Air quality receives major coverage as criticism of diesel cars grows
Rik Thomas

In early March the topic of air pollution generated by road transport returned once again to the top of the media’s agenda, in advance of the Budget. “Few things are as precious as our children’s health,” Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said in... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor

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