It’s time we took buses and trains out of private hands

Steve's baby daughter made amazing progress this week, or so his wife thought

STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

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Fuel prices continue to rise as the government tries to balance the books. Taxation is up but cuts are running deep in local services.

Will high fuel prices entice drivers on to public transport? The A32 is a mess and crippling Gosport’s economy and residents’ spirits as we sit in countless queues morning, lunchtime and evening.

But we’re told a £20m bus lane will solve it all. Then we get the news that bus fares are rising and services are being reduced.

Surely it’s time to take public transport out of private hands and run it at break-even levels? Buses and trains make a profit, so surely that can be used to run more rural loss-making services?