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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to facilitate joint ticketing between public transport companies. [112583]

Operators may agree ticketing schemes falling within the block exemption from the Competition Act 1998. Local authorities have statutory powers to make ticketing schemes for buses, with or without tram or rail connections.My Department has encouraged the Journey Solutions organisation to deliver a simple add-on bus option to rail tickets called PlusBus.