UK Bus Deregulation Report

Read the new report with Philip Alston on the human impact of bus privatisation in the UK.


This is a follow up to his 2018 visit as UN Rapporteur on poverty.

The report finds that the government’s decision to privatise and deregulate the bus sector in England outside London, Scotland, and Wales over the past three decades has failed passengers and undermined their rights, delivering a service that is expensive, unreliable, and dysfunctional. People have lost jobs and benefits, faced barriers to healthcare, been forced to give up on education, sacrificed food and utilities, and been cut off from friends and family while the Government’s new bus strategy merely tinkers with the existing system, offering ineffective half measures that fail to address the structural cause of the crisis.

The report, press release, and a comparison of the government’s claims about privatisation in 1984 versus its assessment of the system today can be downloaded below


Download the press release

2021.07.19 Press Release Final
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Download PDF • 215KB

Download the comparison chart

UK Bus Comparison Chart Final
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Download PDF • 219KB

Download the report

2021.07.19 UK Bus Privatization Report Final
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Download PDF • 751KB

It’s also available at https://chrgj.org/2021/07/19/press-release-public-transport-private-profit-the-human-cost-of-privatizing-buses-in-the-united-kingdom

You can sign up to an event, Wednesday July 21 at 7pm, about the report by clicking on the link below https://alstonbusreport.eventbrite.com/