OUR buses aren't good enough.
Right now, bus companies do what they like and it's afree market wild west. We need public control.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, has said he will regulate your buses. Regulation would mean affordable fares, and more evening and weekend services, all with a smart ticket where daily spending is capped.
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How are buses run now and what does regulating mean?
Currently, local authorities have no control over commercial bus services.
This means that bus operators only run services if they make a profit, and they charge you whatever they like. There is little integration across different companies and some communities have few or no buses at all.
Under a regulated network, the local authority would have planning powers to coordinate the network and demand bus companies follow certain standards through contracts.
The key difference is that companies compete for contracts, given by the local authority, to run specified services. Through bus regulation or franchising, local authorities decide the routes, frequencies, fares and quality standards for all buses. This is how services are run in London and across a lot of Europe.
What does regulating allow us to do?
- Properly plan and expand the network - It will mean surplus profit from busy routes can be used to subsidise less busy but needed services. Right now, bus companies cherry pick only profitable routes and make a killing (Oxford road anyone?), but local authorities could use profits to give everyone a service.
- Make buses easy and affordable – They could also use income to lower fares, which have increased 55% above inflation in the last ten years. With one body running the network, we can finally have one, single, affordable ticket which can be used on any bus or tram across Greater Manchester (like the oyster card but Mancunian!)
Make buses reliable - Bus companies will have to share data - meaning buses don't disappear from the timetable or app.
Make buses frequent - Regulation means managed (reduced) profits for bus companies. We can use this money better for evening and weekend services.
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