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HS2 cash should fund buses, says Guardian, as Mirror warns of huge cuts

The nation’s most used form of public transport, the humble bus, enjoyed some rare time in the media’s spotlight in early February, in part because of dire warnings that the network could be cut back by half. Rik Thomas reports

15 February 2019
On 9 February The Daily Mirror suggested that control of, and funding for, the nation’s buses should be returned from central to local government
On 9 February The Daily Mirror suggested that control of, and funding for, the nation’s buses should be returned from central to local government

 

On 3 Februay The Guardian’s economics editor, Larry Elliott, indirectly criticised the Government’s planned HS2 high-speed rail project by suggesting that the money earmarked for the scheme could be far more productively spent improving the country’s bus infrastructure.

“Britain has a productivity problem,” he began. “And a lot of it has to do with buses. Public transport really matters.”

Taking the city of Birmingham as an example, Elliott observed...

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