Deregulation and Britain’s bus services | Letters
Response from the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK to an article on the London bus market
Your article (It’s not only Londoners who rely on buses and trains, Journal, 11 July) ignores the fact that bus patronage was in very steep decline before 1986, when deregulation was introduced. Figures show that deregulation has actually stemmed that decline. In the 15 years before deregulation patronage declined by 31%, yet it took about 30 years for patronage to decline by about the same level.
This highlights that when bus services are under the control of cash-strapped local authorities, fares are higher, the market is less stable, services are being lost, and passenger satisfaction rates are lower.
Source: Guardian Transport