Panorama’s Richard Bilton travels coast to coast across the north of England to see the reality of Britain’s battered bus network. From rising fares, congestion and abandoned services to hi-tech, green buses and overcrowding, Panorama finds out what people want to see changed.
In February 2020 we crossed part of the country by bus – coast to coast from Redcar to Blackpool. I supported self-shooting director Nick Blakemore, shooting mostly GVs – buses, bus stops, moody skies, dogs on walls and torrential rain in Blackpool – along with second camera on interviews.
Glad to be part of this project with a great team. Beyond buses, it touches on broader national issues; London-centrism and isolated communities – overlooked by politicians and a clue to today’s political landscape.
Reporter: Richard Bilton
Directed by Nick Blakemore & Alys Cummings
Executive Producer: Diana Martin
Broadcaster: BBC One