Municipalisation: the way forward, or back to never-never land?

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The likes of TrentBarton, Yellow Buses and Go North East all topped 90% for overall passenger satisfaction in Transport Focus’ latest survey. MIKE SHEATHER

With Labour’s plans to municipalise local bus services becoming a growing topic of conversation – both inside and outside the industry – Phil Tonks argues that a partnership between both private and public sectors is the way forward

At the risk of appearing to sound ‘anti-Labour’, can I clear something up? Their policies interest me. Buses must be more than the sum of the bottom line on the accountant’s spreadsheet, although inevitably that’s the way things usually end up on a day-to-day basis.

Jeremy Corbyn’s party has recently announced ‘free travel’ for under-25s if it gains power, and that, of course, has set the chattering classes on the Clapham Omnibus off. There are all sorts of hurdles that must be overcome to achieve that. […]

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