My dad was quite bemused by what was said here when I asked before, he worked on Buses for years and as said it's distributed by local government, though can sometimes be offset by subsidy to run said service so perhaps that is were the cross wires happen.
On this subject Cornwall Council wanted to take a certain number of routes away that were heavily subsidised yet vital to some places in Cornwall, they backed down after strong opposition, however the council have recently had these routes up for tender and they have put them in the hands of the main bus company after they bid over the odds for routes they have never ever shown an interest in. The rumour is that as they run services similar but not exactly and nowhere near as frequently that they will axe said services claiming they are unviable, while of course running the services they currently run and diverting them slightly to meet the need which is I think one bus to a place and back every day.
This I know will leave alot of people in that area who need that bus for employment having to walk a good 25 minutes down a hill to the nearest bus (and of course back up a hill). For some of those I used to deal with in employment services it's going be very difficult. I really do despair for that county sometimes as it gets shafted while you get Caroline Quentin flaunting around all the expensive parts suggesting how wonderful everything is.
This is exactly what has happened here, with the result we have no bus service now.
The bus always ran at 9;45, stopping at the nearest town with a supermarket,on to Newcastle, then returning at about 12. Then repeated this in the afternoon. This meant if people needed to go shopping they could, and the bus was well used.
The company changed it to one bus at 9;15, a returning bus at 2;30, and it no longer traveled to Newcastle. Usage declined dramatically as only the hardiest of souls would choose to spend 5 hours shopping in our very small local co op. Bus cancelled due to lack of need.
The parish council is trying to get the figures pre the change last April, but the company are proving very reticent to reveal them.
Soon, if we are not prudent, millions of people will be watching each other starve to death through expensive television sets. Nye Bevan