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Muddled thinking is blighting UK transport policy

Davies Kendal LA9
24 May 2019
 

It’s a bit surreal isn’t it? Labour is promising £1.35bn to reinstate rural bus services withdrawn because of austerity (‘Labour: £1.3bn a year for buses’ LTT 26 Apr). Simply reintroducing them won’t make them pay their way: most of these services have been loss-making for ever. So the money to reintroduce them would need to be paid every year, plus inflation, or they would simply disappear again. This would take us right back to the dire 1970s when, in...

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