Author: Tom

What are Socially Necessary bus services?

In a previous article, I explained how much taxpayers are funding bus services which are deemed as “socially necessary”, based on the buses that Transport for West Midlands paid for to start in 2017,...

How Much Do You Pay for Bus Services?

Every year, Transport for West Midlands do what is known as tender rounds, where certain bus services which are socially necessary are put up for tender, where operators bid for the rights to run...

Perry Barr Bus Depot to shut?

Speculation has grown over the future of the National Express West Midlands Bus Depot in Perry Barr, with rumours that Birmingham City Council have purchased the land under Compulsory Purchase powers. The depot, which...

Mobile Ticketing…Diamond Style

As a new contributor to WMBU, I am quite intrigued in how online payment systems, Real Time and Freedom of Information can affect how the bus industry operates, especially as some bus companies in...

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