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Bus Reforms Hailed as 'Victory for Common Sense'

Magazine article Public Finance

Bus Reforms Hailed as 'Victory for Common Sense'

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Local transport authorities have welcomed government proposals to give them a greater say in how bus services are run.

The proposals, published on December 12, follow a commitment Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander made to the Labour Party conference in September. They include giving traffic commissioners greater powers of enforcement, holding both operators and local authorities to account, and allowing councils to operate services if there is local need.

Alexander said: 'To many people, buses are a lifeline, giving them access to jobs and shops and allowing them to stay in touch with family and friends. But, since deregulation, some areas have seen a free-for-all, with the needs of passengers being neglected.'

John Whitelegg, deputy chair of the Local Government Association's transport and regeneration board, said the proposals were a 'victory for common sense'. …

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