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Tuesday 20th December 2011 | 14:52
Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the Competition Commission’s report into the local bus industry, said:
"A combination of the Government’s cuts to funding for local bus services and the deregulated nature of bus services outside London has already seen a fifth of all supported bus services in England face the axe this year.
“The reality is that bus deregulation outside London is a dogmatic experiment that has failed. While Transport for London has been able to introduce the Oyster card, set bus routes, decide fare levels and integrate bus and train services, the rest of England has been left behind. That’s why our policy review has been looking at how we can devolve more transport responsibilities with decisions made locally by integrated transport authorities, as London has now, with powers to deliver local bus services in the way that best suits each community.
“It’s time that passengers across England were able to benefit from a properly managed, integrated transport network with smart ticketing and regulated fares on local bus and rail services.”