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CMA backs new municipal bus companies

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15 September 2017
Municipals such as Newport Bus (right) must not enjoy an unfair advantage over rivals such as New Adventure Travel, says the CMA
Municipals such as Newport Bus (right) must not enjoy an unfair advantage over rivals such as New Adventure Travel, says the CMA

 

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has indicated support for Welsh councils having the option to  form municipal bus companies, on the grounds that this would increase competition.

While the Bus Services Bill 2017 prohibits local authorities in England from establishing new municipals, the Welsh Government proposes to repeal Section 66 of the Transport Act 1985, saying this prevents certain councils from running bus undertakings.

Responding to the Welsh Government’s...

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