Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Memorandum by Catalyst Corby (Bus 18)


  Thank you for the opportunity to submit evidence to this inquiry; our comments are as follows:


  Under deregulation it is difficult to see how the less financially viable routes will survive.

  Bus Companies simply refuse to run these.

  Bus Challenge Initiatives, though useful, are not the answer. Such bidding usually favours those with the skills, time and resources and wastes the resources of the many losers.


  These are helpful if properly thought through and used.

  However, this is a relatively minor, lower priority issue, compared to quality, reliability, availability/quantity, choice of routes, etc.


  From our studies it would appear that more regulation is required. Otherwise, nationally, the good commercial areas will be cherry-picked and the rest left with a poor to non-existent public transport choice.


  Depending on the extent and layout of an urban or rural area, the availability or otherwise of a good bus service can have a very great effect on social exclusion.

  There is international evidence that a modal shift from the car will only occur if there is a good public transport alternative. In Corby, due to the lack of an acceptable urban service, people are forced to seek other means of transport. Social exclusion is exacerbated.

John Hill

Executive Director

April 2002

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