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TRANSPORT OFFICERS BACK BUS CONTROLS

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Transport officers have put forward proposals for councils to gain control over bus services, to improve their chan...
Transport officers have put forward proposals for councils to gain control over bus services, to improve their chances of meeting sustainability targets.

Under the Association of Transport Coordinating Officers' (ATCO) plan, top-tier councils would be set a statutory duty to organise 'quality networks' with operators.

These would agree routes, fares, frequencies and standards, and council commitment to provide infrastructure.

Councils outside London only have powers of persuasion over operators. Despite this, they must deliver on government targets on congestion.

ATCO chair John Hodgkins said: 'This is not a return to regulation, but an opportunity for local authorities to harness the benefits of deregulation to deliver a co-ordinated and improved bus network.'

www.atco.org.uk

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