In their critique for the "buses" white paper, the authors argued that "competition for licences" could achieve most of the benefits of competition without the major disadvantages of "competition on the road." In response to the comments of Beesley and Glaister, they explain how comprehensive franchising of good and bad routes alike would encourage effective competition, whilst providing conditions for the transparent continuation of cross-subsidy where that was the choice of the local authority in question, and also why such cost savings as are achieved will be mainly at the expense of staff or customer service. Finally, the case for believing that a unified planned timetable will provide a better service for a given level of resources than will uncoordinated competitive services, is restated. See also IRRD abstracts no. 282640, 282641 & 284903. (TRRL)

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  • Authors:
    • Gwilliam, K M
    • NASH, C A
    • Mackie, P J
  • Publication Date: 1985-7-9

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  • Accession Number: 00457214
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 10:01PM