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Transport Blog
13 December 2006
Bus baloney
Patrick Crozier

“A lie is half way around the world before the truth can even gets its boots on.”  I was put in mind of this saying by this Times report.

Private bus operators will be stripped of their powers to set fares, frequencies and timetables, under proposals aimed at reversing 20 years of decline.

This isn’t an out and out lie it just fails to mention that decline didn’t set in in the 1980s.  If anything bus liberalisation arrested the rate of decline.

Mind you it does manage to mention how much is lost on London buses every year: £480m, in case you were wondering.

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