In all too many places subsidy has become a drug, an unhealthy addiction that has affected the behaviour of supposedly commercially minded bus companies — this could be the wake-up call that the industry needs


DK64 ETJ, a Mercedes- Benz Sprinter of the North Cotswold Community Bus Association’s Hedgehog Bus service, in Stratford-upon- Avon where it operates one bus a day, four days a week from Mickleton and Chipping Campden, allowing around 2hr in Stratford or 3hr in Chipping Campden. It operates twice weekly from Mickleton and Chipping Campden to Evesham, offering a 1hr stay, and a Friday service from Mickleton and other villages to Moretonin- Marsh.

It is a trend that started in the south Midlands. I remember the outcry and air of disbelief back in 2015 when Oxfordshire County Council announced that it would withdraw all support for bus services.


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