17 September 2009: Local authorities have new powers they can use to improve buses, thanks to the Local Transport Act. But we're worried passengers will miss out because they're too scared to use them.
So we've written to Transport Minister Sadiq Khan, asking him to give authorities legal and financial back up when they try out new partnerships and contracts that haven't been tried before. And we've asked him to tell the Office of Fair Trading not to refer the local bus market to the Competition Commission. As I said in my last blog, bus wars don't help passengers. And an investigation into the market will make local authorities and bus companies nervous about using the new powers that would make a difference.