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As declining demand for public transport hit sales, transport giant Stagecoach has reported that half-year profits plunged 92 percent to £ 5.4m.
In the six months to Oct. 31, the bus group’s revenue nearly halved to £ 454.6 million, compared with £ 800.2 million a year earlier.
Regional bus sales are just around 54 percent of last year’s level due to the Corona virus shutdown and continuing restrictions, a step backwards after previously recovering to nearly 60 percent, according to the organization.
During the recession, many have turned to autos. Stagecoach reported that amid tighter restrictions in October, the use of vehicles was ‘significantly’ higher than that of public transport, at up to 90% of the pace of the previous year.
The group said that since May it had still seen a “significant recovery” in passenger demand.
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He also relied on the assistance of the government “in pursuing our shared goal of driving modal shift from cars to public transport.”
Although the situation remains in flux, we have made progress in restoring our networks to near pre-Covid levels and safely rising ridership,”While the situation remains in flux, we have made progress in restoring our networks to near pre-Covid levels and safely increasing ridership.”
“We are working closely with our government and sector partners on a new framework to ensure the country’s public transport networks adapt to new patterns of working and traveling, are fit for the post-Covid world and meet the continuing needs of our customers and communities.” he added.
Half-year results showed that regional bus income fell by 84 percent to £ 9.1 million, supported by government funding during the pandemic to sustain key services.
The London bus company showed a robust result, with earnings rising from £ 5.1 million a year earlier to £ 9.2 million.
The company said that fees for London bus services are now at regular levels and full operations have been restored, but said that profit for the full year would be “broadly in line” with last year.
Stagecoach said that Sheffield Supertram is receiving government subsidies to provide critical streetcar services in the rail division, as the company continues to dismantle its former train operating companies.
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