ENGLAND’S BUSES AT A CROSSROADS

The pace of change in England’s bus network is unprecedented, and little of it is for the good.

Passenger numbers are still well below pre-pandemic levels, Government support ends in October and networks will contract to reflect lower patronage, driver shortages remain nationwide leading to significant unreliability, costs of wages, energy and spare parts rocket, two of the largest operators have moved ownership to offshore infrastructure funds, and the few local authorities with successful Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs) are wondering how they can implement them in the required timescale.

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