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Burnham’s plan for bus-only free travel passes is crazy

Roger Sexton Nottingham NG1
26 April 2019
 

You report that mayor Andy Burnham’s scheme to give free bus travel in Greater Manchester to 16-18 year olds will “reduce patronage on the Metrolink light rail system” (‘Free bus travel for Gtr Manchester youths’ LTT 12 Apr). It will also reduce patronage on the region’s heavy rail services, some of which (e.g. Manchester to Bolton) are now electrified. It may also antagonise fare-paying bus passengers who will find rush hour buses more crowded than before....

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