Councils raise concerns over DfT bus market review


A combined authority has raised concerns over a government review into the bus market, stating the manner in which it has been launched is in ‘total contrast’ to ministers’ stated aims of devolution.

In a letter seen by Transport Network, Cllr James Lewis, chair of the transport committee at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), told transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin he had a ‘number of concerns’ over the review.

He also told Transport Network there needs to be major reforms to simplify the process by which local authorities go about establishing Quality Contract Schemes (QCS) - London-style franchising systems that would allow local authorities to map out routes and services rather than letting bus operators decide based on market forces.

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