ALBUM chairman predicts large groups will be forced to withdraw from less profitable areas, opening up expansion opportunities for smaller rivals


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With powers contained in the forthcoming Buses Bill enabling the introduction of bus franchising in England’s city regions, large groups will no longer be able to use profits generated in these areas to prop up operations elsewhere.

This assertion has been made by Ben Colson, chairman of ALBUM (Association of Local Bus Company Managers) in an exclusive interview for The ALBUM Report 2016, produced by Passenger Transport. Colson predicts that large groups will scale down or close less profitable operations, creating opportunities for smaller operators where they exist.


The full story appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport:


‘I think we’ll see quite a lot of abandonment’
ALBUM chairman Ben Colson believes the large bus groups will withdraw some operations as franchising approaches – but who will fill the void?


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