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According to a new analysis of the latest industry statistics by leading bus industry expert, Professor Peter White of the University of Westminster, making bus networks simple, frequent and stable every day and all day - could help trigger a revival in city region bus networks.
pteg has welcomed Government proposals to reform more than £400 million of bus subsidy payments.
The Bus Services Operators Grant (BSOG) is currently paid per litre of diesel burned. So the less fuel efficient the bus the higher the subsidy payment.
City region transport authorities today welcomed the news that the Government is to provide them with a special grant to cover the cost of the go-anywhere, free off-peak bus travel scheme for older and disabled people, which starts next April.
Secretary of State for Transport Ruth Kelly's conference pledge to clamp down on the 'bus wars' that clog up city streets was welcomed today by city region transport authorities.
pteg has commissioned transport consultants Steer Davies Gleave to undertake the first phase of work on a new planning model for costing the options for improving city region bus networks.
Leaders of the biggest transport authorities outside London today welcomed the publication of Sir Michael Lyons' report into Local Government.
pteg, which represents locally accountable Passenger Transport Executives in Britain’s largest city regions outside London, today welcomed the Government’s plans for a fresh start for buses outside London.
Roy Wicks, Director General of South Yorkshire PTE and Chair of pteg, said:
pteg today published a ‘myths and facts’ briefing on PTE plans to improve bus services in the largest conurbations outside London.
Neil Scales, Director General of Merseytravel, takes the lead for pteg on bus issues:
In a speech today (27/10/06) to the Landor conference in Leeds marking twenty years of bus deregulation, pteg Chair Roy Wicks, refuted Brian Souter’s accusations about the PTEs’ record on supporting the bus industry.
Commenting on Brian Souter’s claims Roy Wicks said:
pteg today welcomed the all-party House of Commons Transport Select Committee report on the future of the industry as the chance to establish a new consensus on turning around the twenty years of decline in bus use since deregulation.
Chair of pteg, Roy Wicks, said: