Rumours that this Bus Week series was just a flimsy excuse to show pictures of old buses dressed up as a study of politics and the way it was applied to public transport are, frankly, unjust and uncalled for.
Posts about "politics"
In the 1980s and 1990s a series of changes saw the UK's bus operations go from mostly publicly owned, to mostly privately owned. In a series of privatisations, bus companies were flogged off. But in the intervening 25 years, what has actually happened is that the UK's bus market has come under the control of a handful of large companies. So what actually happened to the UK's publicly owned bus operations?
It's been 25 years since bus deregulation came into foce in Great Britain. Well most of the country anyway. Indeed it's been 25 years since bus deregulation didn't happen in London.
Twenty one years ago, on 26 October 1986 a major change happened to Britain's public transport network. Its buses were de-regulated.
Well it's coming to that time of year when pointless lists are made. Normally on this blog I contend myself with useless ones about "how popular some of my blog posts have been" or equally tedious tripe (incidentally, join me tomorrow for my Top 10 posts of the year!) however in the spur of the moment, I decided to compile an even more pointless list.
Politics can causes heated arguments and divisions. When the pub trade is in a bad state and needs to attract as many people through the doors as possible, maybe pub landlords everywhere might be a bit better off being a bit more BBC?