Taxibuses?

Are taxibuses the antidote to rural transport problems? They’re certainly under discussion to replace minibuses on the 25, 35, 36, 242 and 230 suite of Stroud buses. They’re cheaper to operate and the County Council feels that it might save £60,000 across the county with their introduction.

And dare we expect improvements in service? More journeys? Use of more roads where buses cannot easily penetrate? Demand responsive services?

But there are issues. When a service goes demand responsive, invariably it becomes “invisible” and passengers can drop off. And the saving is one thing unless you need your 35, 33, 37, 44 or 74 seater at school times; in which case, it could be a false economy tendering for a school bus *and* a taxibus.

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