Competition Commission’s 15-month inquiry finds that adverse effects on competition in the bus industry equate to 2.4 pence per passenger journey

The Competition Commission is looking at ways to open up bus markets after its interim report concluded that too many operators face little or no competition in local markets.

However, after sifting its way through a tsunami of data over the last 15 months, the watchdog has concluded that adverse effects on competition in the bus market in Britain (excluding London) amount to around £70m a year. With 2.9 billion passenger journeys being made on local bus services in this area each year, the adverse effects on competition equate to 2.4p per journey.

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