Managers at Britain’s municipal and independent bus operators were asked to identify the main challenge facing the bus sector… 40% said ‘congestion’

 

 

 

What is the main challenge facing the bus sector? ‘Congestion’ is the most likely response from managers at Britain’s municipal and independent bus companies.

Two-fifths (40%) gave this answer in an exclusive poll for The ALBUM Report 2018, which accompanies this edition of Passenger Transport. Congestion is seen as a bigger challenge than either ‘council funding cuts’ (cited by 14% of respondents) or ‘low cost of motoring’ (10%).

Commenting on the congestion challenge, Mark Fowles, chair of the ALBUM grouping of Britain’s ‘non aligned’ bus operators and managing director of Nottingham City Transport, told The ALBUM Report 2018: “The things we have to deal with day in and day out: unannounced roadworks; poorly phased traffic lights; congestion due to events… it just always seems to be somebody else’s problem. What we need is somebody who will take strategic control of the highway.”

Ultimately, what we are selling is an ever worsening product, because of the lack of priority, the road space, the pro-car policy, all of that kind of thing

The issue is certain to come up at next week’s ALBUM Conference in Glasgow, hosted by McGill’s, Scotland’s largest privately-owned bus company. “Ultimately, what we are selling is an ever worsening product, because of the lack of priority, the road space, the pro-car policy, all of that kind of thing,” McGill’s managing director Ralph Roberts told
The ALBUM Report 2018. “For me it’s a simple question: what kind of society do we want to live in?

 

Further coverage of Whim’s launch appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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