A few months ago we wrote a blog post on the silver bus bullet - aka franchising - which you can read here.
And 18 months ago we wrote another blog post this time about how bus stops influence the perception of bus travel just as much as liveries - and you can read that one here.
Considering the recently launched Bee Network in Greater Manchester, let's put the two together.
Franchising puts the public sector in charge and in control of nearly everything bar driving the buses and cleaning them (a tad over-simplistic but you get my point). Responsibility for the network's success lies in their hands.
But there is also an area of most local bus networks where they have held responsibility for a long time - and as the second blog post discusses they have not proven to be particularly competent.
For the sake of those up north with their shiny new buses, let's hope the public sector is better at running buses than it is at maintaining bus stops.