, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 131–150

Are urban bus services natural monopolies?

  • Andrew W. Evans

DOI: 10.1007/BF00150469

Cite this article as:
Evans, A.W. Transportation (1991) 18: 131. doi:10.1007/BF00150469


Although Britain's local bus services have been open to free competition for more than three years, most have continued to be operated as monopolies by the original incumbents. Some competition has occurred, but the incumbents have usually driven off entrants. This paper uses findings from case-studies of competition and from deregulation generally to consider whether monopoly operation has inherent advantages over competitive operation. If so, urban bus routes would be natural monopolies. The evidence suggests that they may be, because single-operator services are more convenient for users.

Key words

bus deregulationbus competitionbus marketscontestabilitymonopoly

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew W. Evans
    • 1
  1. 1.The Flinders University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Transport Studies GroupUniversity College LondonUK