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Good for Mr Corbyn!

Whenever This Writer phones home, my dear sainted mother usually has another horror story to tell about changes to the Bristol bus service, which is run by a private company.

Put plainly, it doesn’t take people where they want to go and it doesn’t get them even near those places at anything like a useful time.

What’s the point?

A publicly-run bus system would have a duty to provide services that actually serve.

The advantages of re-nationalising rail services have been discussed on This Blog so often that I certainly hope I don’t need to go over them again.

Jeremy Corbyn is pledging to extend public ownership of the country’s bus networks if he becomes prime minister.

The Labour leader, who is battling against challenger Owen Smith to retain his job, has said he will “rebuild and transform Britain’s transport system”.

He will pledge later to offer councils new franchising powers and allow them to set up local bus companies.

He will also set out plans to bring railways back into public ownership to fix the present “transport nightmare”.

Source: Labour leadership contest: Jeremy Corbyn pledges bus service reforms – BBC News

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