RE THE concessionary fare shortfall.
This should never have happened, as I have always thought the free bus was a recipe for disaster.
The system should be based on the ability to pay – ie if you can afford it then pay your way; it could be means tested for fairness and then the more affluent people could pay their way! After all we all used to get on a bus, hand our money to the driver (or conductor) and everyone was happy.
Now everything is based on the magic word ‘free’ irrespective of your means.
Let’s give the bus companies a chance to survive. I know that the affluent people will be screaming and crying at this letter, but tough, times are hard.