Local authority-run bus companies provide some of the best services in England | Letters
The bus services bill (This bus bill is just the ticket to create access to education and jobs, 2 March) is now back for debate in the House of Commons. This will give local authorities new powers to plan their local bus services. However, in among the measures set to improve buses, transport secretary Chris Grayling confirmed this week that he wants to ban local authorities in England from setting up new bus companies. The House of Lords removed this controversial clause, and we’re calling on the government to drop the ban for good. There are already 11 local authority-run bus companies across the UK, providing some of the most successful services in the country. They pick up awards for excellent customer service, invest heavily and run environmentally friendly fleets.
Why would the government ban local authorities from following the lead of providers such as Nottingham City Transport and Reading Buses? The public is strongly opposed to this ban, by a ratio of 3:1. Councils need to be free to choose whatever option is best for their communities.
Director, We Own It
Chief executive, Association for Public Service Excellence
Executive director, Campaign for Better Transport
Chief executive, New Economics Foundation
Deputy leader, Nottingham City Council
Chair, Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance
Dr Ian Taylor
Director, Transport for Quality of Life
Chair, Tyne and Wear Public Transport Users Group
National officer for passenger transport, Unite
Director, Unlock Democracy
Source: Guardian Transport
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