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Our bus industry insider muses on why having the right infrastructure is so important

One underutilised platform of Sheffield Interchange in the evening peak. Still better too much capacity than too little, which is the norm in most town centre redevelopment sites. MERLIN

I have been pondering the subject of bus infrastructure for some while and there is nothing like a new or unplanned voyage of discovery across the nation to encourage one to put pen to paper.

Whilst I have been a critic of central and therefore local government plans to spend the vast majority of their transport budgets on road construction and maintenance for most of my career, I fear we have now reached the point where even significant parts of the trunk road network have reached an advanced state of decay through austerity, with major holes sufficient to do damage to wheels and axles of our bus and coach fleets, noting that even dual carriageways have not been exempt from the deterioration. […]

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