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CALL TO GIVE COUNCILS MORE CONTROL OVER BUS PLANS

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Local authorities need to be given greater powers to plan bus networks in co-operation with private operators, says...
Local authorities need to be given greater powers to plan bus networks in co-operation with private operators, says a report published yesterday, reports the Financial Times (p7).

Currently the role of public transport authorities is only to maintain subsidised bus services during evenings and weekends.

The Public Transport Information Unit, a local government think-tank, says public transport authorities are better placed than private bus operators to judge the needs of their areas.

A study carried out by the unit had found that competition has lowered service standards, failed to stop the decline in bus use and has not brought about lower fares, the paper reports.

'Buses for People or Buses for Profit?' PTIU, Barclay House, 35 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NG. £25.
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