This report updates the analysis presented in the first review (see IRRD 816781) with evidence from another years experience of bus deregulation in the English metropolitan counties and strathclyde region in Scotland. The data for the report relate to the period 26 January 1988 to 25 January 1989, but some data is only available for the 1987-88 financial year. It focuses on the following issues: a) competition; b) efficiency; c) fares and service levels; d) patronage; e) revenue support; and f) the wider effects of deregulation. The main findings indicate that competition has occured on a much wider scale than anticipated, but that there are signs of increased concentration of the market amongst the larger operators. Much of the improvement in efficiency has been a one off gain, reducing costs per vehicle mile by about 20%. Fares have risen by about 27.5% more than inflation, but the volume of service has risen by 12% since deregulation. Patronage has decreased, services are continuing to change at a rapid rate, and external subsidies have been cut by 92 million per annum.

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    Association of Metropolitan Authorities

    35 Great Smith Street
    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • TYSON, W J
  • Publication Date: 1989-11


  • English

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  • Pagination: 55 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00498953
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • ISBN: 0-902052-70-5
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM