Bus Services: Ashfield

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 11 July 2018.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of trends in the (a) frequency and (b) price of bus services serving Ashfield constituency in the last five years.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

The Department does not hold any data on the frequency or price of bus services serving Ashfield constituency.

The bus market outside of London is deregulated. Bus operators have to register services and notify changes or cessations of service to local authorities and the traffic commissioners around 70 days before changes take effect.

Government (either central or local) only has powers to intervene in relation to bus fares through concessionary travel schemes. Central Government funds the statutory national concession for older and disabled people and local Government can offer additional concessions if they choose (e.g. for young people), by doing commercial deals with operators.

As part of the Bus Services Act (2017), the Department for Transport is developing regulations to require bus operators and local transport authorities to provide data, in open formats, about local bus services including routes & timetable data, fares & ticket data and real time information. We are working closely with industry to develop the regulations and it is intended the requirements will be phased in over the next few years.

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