LGA responds to select committee report on bus services

Thursday August 11th, 2011

Responding to the Transport Select Committee’s report on bus services after the Spending Review, the Local Government Association has called for immediate reform.

Councillor Roy Davis, of the LGA’s Economy and Transport Programme Board, said: “With less public money available to support the bus services that millions rely on, the need for reform to break the cycle of fare increases and service reductions is more pressing now than ever before. Putting councils and residents in the driving seat will help ensure all public money spent on buses is used to subsidise the running of vital services and not just to bolster the profits of routes which are already making money. It is encouraging that the Transport Select Committee shares this view.

“We believe the best way to promote greater competition in the bus industry would be to put communities in control of commissioning services. Other towns and cities should be able to make greater use of franchise arrangements similar to those in London.”

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