Thatcher deregulated and privatised your buses in the 1980’s.
There are still a handful of publicly owned companies across the country, and in London, buses are regulated and controlled by Transport for London.
Everywhere else, though, private bus companies have been taking passengers ‘for a ride’ for decades, cutting vital routes and making you pay more.
But now, there’s an opportunity to fix our broken bus network – as we speak, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, is deciding whether to regulate the region’s buses. He’s facing pressure from both sides – let’s make sure we’re louder than the private bus companies!
If buses are regulated in Greater Manchester, the rest of the country can follow, and we can get better buses for everyone!