Monday, 17 March 2014
Reregulation / Long distance diversions
A reminder in the Sunderland Echo that the argument over how bus services should be run is still raging in Tyne & Wear. Nexus, the regional transport authority wants to have the same power over bus services as Transport for London. Bus companies are campaigning against the move as they stand to lose income if they can't pick and choose when to run the buses. One wonders when they will be consistent and launch a high profile campaign for the free market to be let loose on Greater London.
Wales's long distance bus network, TrawsCymru could be wasting time by having buses divert needlessly off main roads to serve estates and villages where nobody uses the service, says a report that has been carried out for the Welsh government. Wales Online reports how the government, which subsidises the routes, is considering changing the way the services are run in order to speed up journeys. The problem is, villages that are cut out could be left stranded, but then again a long distance journey is long enough without seemingly needless diversions on the off-chance that someone wants to use the service.