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BLUEPRINT FOR BUSES WILL GIVE COUNCILS POWER OVER BUS COMPANIES

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The government's 'blueprint for bus travel' unveiled yesterday will enable councils to create legally binding contr...
The government's 'blueprint for bus travel' unveiled yesterday will enable councils to create legally binding contracts that would force bus operators to stick to timetables.

It also proposes making local authorities responsible for ensuring that adequate bus information was available, reports The Times (p9).

The Conservatives said that the document was 'another glossy brochure' with very little new in it, and the Liberal Democrats said that without urgent legislation and extra cash, Mr Prescott's 'thoroughbred dream will not be able to get out of the starting blocks'.

But the bus industry welcomed the statement. Help the Aged applauded measures to introduce half-price travel for all pensioners, but said it hoped that, in areas where pensioners enjoyed reductions of more than 50%, special fares would not rise to half-price level.

Other measures proposed in the document are fines of up to£1,000 for motorists blocking bus lanes and more powers for traffic commissioners to act against operators who fail to run services as advertised.
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