Memorandum by Catalyst Corby (Bus 18)
THE BUS INDUSTRY
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
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.