THE CASE FOR FRANCHISING

FACING THE FUTURE

STEPHEN MORRIS believes today’s challenges are too great for the deregulated bus market to meet and argues the case for a franchised model with the same user simplicity — and public funding — as London already enjoys

Stephen Morris relates his mixed experience of using the Citi 1 and other Stagecoach East services in Cambridge. This is Alexander Dennis Enviro400 19580 (AE10 BWN) in St Andrew’s Street in the city centre.

Forty years ago on 1 October, I first set out on an editorial career with this magazine. Since then I have had the privilege to get to know a great many excellent people in the bus industry. I also know that most of them enjoy the cut and thrust of the deregulated industry, so I hope that once I have expressed my views, at least one or two of them will still be kindly disposed towards me.

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