Author: Laurie Akehurst
Publisher: Capital Transport
The 1950s opened with a great demand for bus travel and optimistic plans for the renewal of the Country Bus fleet. Passenger levels peaked in the mid-1950s after which time a steady decline in demand became established which was exacerbated by the disastrous six-weeks strike in 1958.
By the end of the decade, in a period of post-war prosperity, car ownership levels had made considerable inroads into the demand for bus travel, and London Transport's aims of providing an adequate service and covering its costs were becoming conflicting requirements.