Fare increases / changes 21 Jan Jan 17, 2018 23:16:27 GMT 1
Post by stevieinselby on Jan 17, 2018 23:16:27 GMT 1
Usually, where buses and trains run in parallel, the bus serves a lot of smaller communities along the way that the train doesn't. Even where there is a decent train service, there is usually a clear and evident demand for buses to cover intermediate journeys as well as end-to-end passengers looking for a cheaper option – an example of where that fell down was the X54 between York and Harrogate, which didn't offer an awful lot that the train didn't, and the slightly cheaper price wasn't enough to lure fare-paying passengers away from the much quicker train.
In the case of CityZap, particularly between York and Leeds, I think there is a good case for running an express bus as it will be little or no slower than the train for some passengers, depending on exactly where their journeys start and finish, and the fares are significantly cheaper than the train and so will appeal to fare-paying passengers as well as pass-holders.
No, it would be silly to have a rule that said that there was no need for parallel services and that one or other should be withdrawn ... but where there are parallel services, they will usually both need to be able to justify their existence.