Public transport inquiry hears evidence on regulation
On Tuesday 21 June, the Built Environment Committee hears expert evidence on regulation, as part of its inquiry into public transport in towns and cities.
Questions likely to be asked include:
- Should public sector operators be able to bid for franchises in a regulated bus (or rail) system? What is your view of the Government’s proposed Enhanced Partnerships for bus services?
- Is there a case for a greater government contribution to capital investment in public transport?
- Are operating subsidies for public transport optimal? What are the trade offs?
- Do central and local government undertake a sufficiently robust cost/benefit analysis when allocating funding for new public transport schemes? Is the system of ‘bidding’ for funding satisfactory?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of offering concessionary/free travel to different groups i.e. young people or the elderly?