The extent and nature of government support for bus services and other public transit varies across the world. One of the aims of successive UK government transport reforms since 1985 has been to reduce financial support for transport, but while there were initial successes the recent trend has been to increased support. As far as buses are concerned, in 2000/1 fares paid accounted for 67% of total bus operating costs in Great Britain (the highest ratio in Europe) – by 2009/10 this ratio had fallen to 53%. For some more information on this subject, follow the link below.
Overview of Bus Industry Performance in Great Britain since Deregulation.
Considering the nature and extent of financial support has been a feature of much of Alan’s work over the last 35 years; he has at various times in his career had relevant experience as a bus company manager and as a public funder, as well as in consultancy work, and both in the UK and the Arabian Gulf. Some notable projects are listed below.
- Review of supported transport, East Lothian
- Park and Ride Operations Study, North-east Scotland
- Best Value Bus Service Review, Scottish Borders
- East Lothian Public Transport Review
- Glenshee Ski Bus Study
- Badenoch & Strathspey Accessibility Study, and Caithness & Sutherland Community Transport Study
- Review of Dundee Taxicard Scheme
- Central 2000 Bus Development Study
- Bus Route Development Grant bids, Midlothian and Scottish Borders
- National Park Transport Audit
- Aberdeenshire Sustainable Access Study
- Easter Bush Bus Service Options
- Policy and Regulation Study, Abu Dhabi
- National Transport Plan and White Paper
- Bus Master Plan, Abu Dhabi
BUS COMPANY MANAGEMENT
As a manager at Midland Scottish, and other companies in the Scottish Bus Group, Alan dealt with financial support for bus services on a day-to-day basis, both pre- and post-deregulation. The subject was also a key issue in the Scottish Bus Group Market Analysis Project (SCOTMAP), which Alan managed at both Midland Scottish and Northern Scottish.