Is it commercial operators or the government itself which has led the industry to need £5bn in funding?
The government’s recent intervention in the bus market will be welcomed by passengers and local authorities alike. £5bn over five years to deliver 4,000 new zero-carbon buses, servicing many more routes currently not served or under-served, simpler and more affordable fares, and so on.
A few people have suggested to me that this level of government intervention in the bus market is an acceptance that the private sector has not delivered on the scale that ministers . . .