The author reviews the effect of deregulation and other factors influencing bus and coach operation. Vehicle kilometres in the local sector of Britain's bus industry have increased over the period 1986 to l988 but local passenger journeys have decreased slightly. Buses and coaches account for seven per cent of all public transport passenger-km compared with 84 per cent for private cars and taxis. Urban congestion and its cost to industry is a growing concern, most rail solutions cannot be implemented in less than three years, whereas buses can be redeployed immediately. Numbers of minibuses of up to 16 seats have declined while 17 to 35 seat minibuses have increased. There is concern that outside London, the industry could become dominated by a few large holding companies. Britain's buses are getting older and are not being replaced at the same rate as they are deteriorating. Although access to the disabled has improved, wheelchair access does not have to be provided at present. The manufacturing industry is going through a series of radical reorganisation on an international scale, and European ownership of some British companies gives the industry a link with the European Community. Some PTE and ex-PTE operators are showing an interest in tendering for operator contracts of new light rail systems. (TRRL)

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    City Press Limited

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  • Publication Date: 1990


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 179-181
  • Serial:
    • Transport (London)
    • Volume: 11
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: City Press Limited
    • ISSN: 0144-3453

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00609635
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM