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Local Bus Services

Volume 987: debated on Friday 27 June 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport if he has any proposals to encourage local authorities to run voluntary local bus services similar to that initiated by Northampton county council.

Many local authorities already encourage and support voluntary bus services, but there is considerable scope for their further development. The Transport Bill seeks to remove unnecessary restrictions on this type of operation. Guidance notes are being prepared for local authorities and others to draw attention to the wider opportunities which the enactment of the Transport Bill will bring.