UK: Bus Market Overview
The largest five operators represent around 70% of the UK deregulated bus market, with the remainder of the market made up of a large number of private operators. Active competition comes from national and local bus operators, as well as private car and rail. In the short term the market has been impacted by economic pressures from austerity and local unemployment, but in the longer term, economic regeneration and environmentally driven public transport present growth opportunities over the car.
(UK excluding London)
buses, focused in the West Midlands and Dundee markets
- Increase passenger volumes through investment in vehicles, technology and people and through delivering high quality services
- Low barriers to entry – flexibility and scale of operations is key
- Devolved local transport budgets and services to regional combined authorities may present opportunities to enter new regional markets