She never quite made the Transit Power 50 of the most powerful people in transport and that was a pity for her questioning style and appreciation made the redoubtable Gwyneth Dunwoody one of the country’s experts. And mavericks. As 11-year chair of the House of Commons’ transport select committee, power and influence she certainly held. She recently trounced the transport secretary Ruth Kelly, as she had many others. Perhaps her absence from the Power 50 was because she was less keen on a deregulated bus regime than ministers. Certainly as a result, she didn’t always endear herself to the main players in the bus industry.