The 'free bus pass': changing geographies of travel

O'Neill, James (2007) The 'free bus pass': changing geographies of travel. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The introduction of a new concessionary travel scheme from 1st April 2006 has affected in many ways the operation and economics of local bus services throughout England. Using data taken directly from a bus operator database, this study assesses the changes that have taken place in concessionary ridership upon a selected number of bus services in Havant, Hampshire. Using recent and unpublished primary data, this report looks at the affects that the new free bus pass has had on local bus patronage over recent months. Comparisons are made between the numbers of concessionary travellers using buses before and after the April 2006 change, with the resulting dramatic increase in passenger levels being critically discussed and compared with other academic and industry findings so far. Almost certainly as a consequence of the recentness of the 2006 changes, nothing has yet been published investigating fully the abilities of transport networks, and most importantly, their regulating authorities, to provide for increased bus patronage on a sustainable basis. This study finds that subsidy claims could potentially become overwhelming given the spiralling levels of ridership experienced on this local level.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/404

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