Tories fail to back re-regulation agenda

THERE was little sign of support for bus industry re-regulation at this month's Conservative Party conference. At a fringe meeting hosted by the Greater Manchester PTA, which is pushing for tighter controls on bus operators, Robert Kinghorn, chairman of the Conservative Transport Group, said that a return to bus regulation was not the answer.

Pointing to bus travel in London, Kinghorn said that while more buses had been provided, this had only been achieved at considerable cost, and he argued it did not provide good value for money.

He said that London was the "wrong model" for the rest of the country, and that transport professionals should be trusted to run the buses.