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Franchising or partnership: which is the better route to make bus services flourish?

Smarter Cambridge Transport

Edward Leigh
02 August 2019
 

In Great Britain beyond London, bus patronage has fallen year on year since 2008/09, now 13 per cent down, mostly mode-shifted to car. The 16 per cent fall in local authority funding support for non-commercial services is a significant contributor, as is worsening peak-time congestion, which is making bus services slower, less reliable and more expensive. Against the backdrop of declining patronage and profits, operators are now expected to make huge investment in electric buses as part of...

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