Further reading

For a general introduction to the history of express coach transport in the UK read the Coach transport in the United Kingdom article in Wikipedia which we have contributed to and which is well referenced to the relevant source material.

Here are a selection of papers that specifically refer to the potential of coachways:

In addition, do read the section of the Ideas in Transit wiki that summarises the UK’s national transport policy in relation to express coach transport.

Here are a number of papers that consider the future of conventional express coach transport in the UK:

The following government commissioned studies have made recommendations for express coach schemes and new coachway interchanges:

There is a limited amount of other relevant literature relating to coach travel which we are cataloguing in the following bibliography:


  • Clark, B. (2010). An inter-urban coach network has a lot to offer in these financially constrained times. Local Transport Today, 556 / 15 October 2010, p12.
  • Ellis, D. (2010). Are coaches the answer to mid-range inter-urban trips? Smarter Travel, 3.
  • Headicar, P., (2009). Rethinking inter-urban travel. In: Headicar, P. (2009) Transport Policy and Planning in Great Britain. London:Routledge, pp.442-448.
  • Jain, J., (2011). The classy coach commute. Journal of Transport Geography, 19 (5). pp. 1017-1022.
  • Monbiot, G., (2006). Life Coaching.
  • Monbiot, G., (2007). A new transport system. In: Monbiot, G. (2007) Heat – How We Can Stop the Planet Burning. London:Penguin Books, pp147-154.
  • New Transit, (2010). Are coaches ready for take off? New Transit, 11 29 April 2010.
  • Passenger Focus, (2011). Coach Passenger Needs and Experiences.
  • Parkhurst, G., (2005). The importance of entrepreneurship in the UK express coach market. Chapter 6 (pp79-93) in Hibbs, J., Butler, E., Parkhurst, G., Knipping, O., Kevill, P. The Dangers of Bus Re-regulation. Occasional Paper 137, The Institute of Economic Affairs, London.

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