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First of all, lets take London, and other large conurbations out of the discussion. If Transport for London were spread across the entire UK, then there would be no problem. So, lets look at how the greater percentage of people live, and how that style of living will increase in then future.
First and foremost, the current method of private organisations offering public transport is laughable. They have to make a profit for both shareholders and to enable continual inward investment. If they continue to offer the kind of service to outlying areas, where increasingly large numbers of people live, then in effect, there will never be a public transport system. It has to be taken into public ownership, nationwide.
Running a service around a central built up area that is highly populated, such as London, is good for both public and those who provide the service … customers everywhere you look, therefore vehicles and trains to satisfy these customers, everywhere you look. Even cabs who charge sensible prices. Wonderful! Why anyone owns a car in London, is beyond me!! However, go to any provincial town, and the story is very different. The larger percentage of people do not live in the town, they inhabit the surrounding countryside in small pockets of dwellings, where a car is an absolute necessity, because no bus provider could offer a service that would be profitable without charging a price that would be self defeating. The trend is for people to leave the more centralised areas for the new estates that are springing up like mushrooms. To run a regular and convenient bus service for these areas cannot possibly be undertaken privately, therefore the only people who can run such a service at a loss, is the government.
Regular and often, and at a price that is affordable …… but it will never happen. The irony is, because of circumstances imposed by government, the way our living has been planned for us, we are a nation of car users, better we accept that fact, and cater for it.