In the UK, The Conservative Government of the 1990’s were crazy about privatising all public services (selling government/council run services to private companies). In my opinion this was a poor idea, especially regarding transport as private companies concentrate on profit making routes to the detriment of low usage areas.

Other problems occurred after maintenance of railway lines was sub-contracted to lackadaisical   companies leading to several train crashes here in England. Buses too saw different companies fighting for the same passengers eg) Oxford Road in Manchester, charging all sorts of fares.

Perhaps there is a realisation that public transport should be run for the people by the people.
Plans to get West Yorkshire buses under public control. Different bus companies have emerged in Leeds meaning a day travel ticket is only accepted on that companies buses. Having to buy tickets every time you get on a bus is not user friendly.

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