Department for Transport reveals findings of Local Bus Market Study
The Department for Transport has released the results of a study into bus markets outside of London.
The government commissioned KPMG to conduct the study, titled “Local Bus Market Study.”
The report looks at the condition of the bus market in England outside London, current legislative tools available and, importantly, the issues that should be considered by authorities looking to improve their local bus services.
As Mistral Group already knows, the report found that “each local bus market is unique and each requires a tailored approach to help it deliver local objectives.”
The purpose of the report is to inform the policy development processes, the Department said.
- Local bus markets show considerable variation reflecting differences in socio-demographic factors, land use, the relative attractiveness of alternative modes of transport, wider transport policy and government expenditure, as well as the performance of local bus operators
- Local authority and bus operator objectives are reasonably well aligned and centred on market growth but sometimes differences exist between stakeholders on the best way to achieve those objectives
- There is a range of policy levers available to government to influence demand and supply in local bus markets. In most instances the policy levers available in de-regulated markets enable local authorities and operators to meet their objectives
- Where there is pressure for market reform, there is a need to carefully consider the impact of interventions on passengers, operators and local authorities. Each local bus market is unique and each requires a tailored approach to help it deliver local objectives.
View the full study.
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