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« on: April 30, 2018, 11:52:17 am »

From The RMT

6 weeks old ... but just popped up on my timeline.   A view on the "why has it changed like this" to explain the data in the Transport Focus report.

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Toxic combination of private profiteering and cuts decimating local bus services

Bus union RMT warned today that a toxic combination of private profiteering, localised cuts and the uncontrolled growth of services like Uber is killing off bus services. A passenger watchdog “Transport Focus” report today shows that the proportion of bus passengers satisfied with the value for money that bus tickets represent, has – in some areas – fallen to as low as 51% (Essex).
 
RMT said that greedy bus companies have been ratcheting up prices, exploiting the fall in the cost of their subsidised fuel and cherry picking profitable routes at the expense of access to services for communities and vulnerable groups for whom bus services are a transport lifeline.
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2018, 01:53:00 pm »

From The RMT

6 weeks old ... but just popped up on my timeline.   A view on the "why has it changed like this" to explain the data in the Transport Focus report.

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Toxic combination of private profiteering and cuts decimating local bus services

Bus union RMT warned today that a toxic combination of private profiteering, localised cuts and the uncontrolled growth of services like Uber is killing off bus services. A passenger watchdog “Transport Focus” report today shows that the proportion of bus passengers satisfied with the value for money that bus tickets represent, has – in some areas – fallen to as low as 51% (Essex).
 
RMT said that greedy bus companies have been ratcheting up prices, exploiting the fall in the cost of their subsidised fuel and cherry picking profitable routes at the expense of access to services for communities and vulnerable groups for whom bus services are a transport lifeline.

I'm not a particularly nostalgic person, but reading almost any diatribe from the rail unions takes me right back to the 1970s.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2018, 06:45:28 am »

I'm not a particularly nostalgic person, but reading almost any diatribe from the rail unions takes me right back to the 1970s.

Ditto.  Yet actually I feel there's more that a grain of truth in what they write on this occasion - the very system that the buses have been running under provides encouragement for such practises.
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