The expensive disaster that is bus privatisation | Letters
Alan Whitehouse and Veronica Hardstaff reply to a letter from the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, and Rosemary Howorth, Michael Gold and John Ainsworth respond to articles by Lynsey Hanley and Anna Bawden
Just as some sections of the railway industry believe that privatisation ushered in an era of passenger growth, so Pauline Gaunt of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK claims that privatised buses have stemmed the decline in bus use (Deregulation and Britain’s bus services, Letters, 12 July).
Both are wrong. We do not know why more people are using trains any more than we know why fewer people are using buses, because no one has done the research to tell us. But we can make a few educated guesses.
Source: Guardian Transport