The study area comprises the urban conurbation of Bournemouth and Poole and covers the effects of competition in bus services since bus deregulation. Information is presented on changes to: the structure of bus companies; new entrants to the local bus market; the commercial network and level of commercial competition; and changes to the support network. Consideration is given to the effects of deregulation on local bus fares, information and publicity, public reaction, innovation, special needs and community transport. There is also a general discussion on the effects of privatisation and deregulation in transport. For the general overview report see IRRD no 853811, for the other individual case studies see IRRD nos 853812-853816.

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