Preventing competition is the route of all evil
Despite the dire warnings, greater competition in bus services has been good for the travelling public, but elements of the old discredited policies linger, writes Séan Barrett
Right up to a decade ago, we were being warned about the evils of greater competition in the bus sector. New entrants would be decidedly evil, with inferior unsafe vehicles, higher fares and off-peak services that would be patchy and unstable, or so the Department of Transport would have had us believe. The free sale of tickets would be abandoned at peak times (perhaps confined to early bookers), quieter routes would be neglected and the...
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