How many "tourist" routes are we talking about here? Surely a tiny proportion of the nation's bus services. Councils directly run or tender out bus/tram/metro services in most of the world and that seems to work OK. Britain is highly unusual in making the council's role so minimal. I suppose buses are not considered an essential public service any more, so by that logic we don't need any public sector involvement. Fine, so let's have no more ENCTS, no more BSOG, no more funding for roadside furniture or bus stations. If deregulation is so great, services would be so attractive that operators would be able to run evening/Sunday services commercially and would have no need for council funding.