BRISTOL City Council's unsuccessful plan to save money on transport services has been branded "damaging, costly, unrealistic and naive".
The authority was warned by transport campaigners last year that a plan to put all of the bus, ferry and rail services that it helps fund out to tender at the same time would not work.
And it didn't – leaving the council with a £2.2 million budget hole that will lead to cuts to a range of services and increased charges for passengers.
Instead of forcing costs down by attracting real competition for First, it emerged last month it would cost the council £1.2 million extra to continue running the existing level of service.
Ultra Light Rail campaigner Keith Hallett agreed, calling for a proper public debate on whether trams should be supported over the bendy bus before funding bids are submitted to the government in September.
He said: "I came to Bristol ten years ago and the bus service was a joke. Now it's an expensive joke.
My comment: Another example of a council failing to listen.
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