PRESCOTT'S PLANS FOR BUSES: CAN QUALITY PARTNERSHIPS DELIVER BETTER SERVICES?

This article reviews a new UK Government consultation document on policy for buses, from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions ["From workhouse to thoroughbred: A better role for bus travel", DETR, 1999], which sees cooperation between local authorities and operators as the key to improving services and ridership. It examines the implications in the light of new evidence from a study by the Audit Commission, suggesting that partnerships do not always do good to the public bodies involved. When he launched the policy document in March 1999, the Deputy Prime Minster John Prescott said that a central theme was to encourage the creation of more Quality Partnerships, where operators agree to invest in high-quality vehicles and improved service delivery in return for local authorities providing better infrastructure available to bus services. He expects an acceleration in the number of Quality Partnerships during the next year or two, and the document gives examples of several, in the West Midlands and other areas, that have already succeeded. He is keen to extend them to rural areas. In contrast, the Audit Commission raises doubts about the value of Quality Partnerships. The bus policy document contains major proposals and other measures in seven other areas. The Government seeks responses by 25 June 1999 to 14 specific issues and proposals in the document, e.g. how all parties involved in Quality Partnerships can comply with them.

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  • Authors:
    • Enoch, M
  • Publication Date: 1999-4-8

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 9-11
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  • Accession Number: 00767128
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 6 1999 12:00AM