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Community transport is a social asset and must be protected, say campaigners

14 December 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the Transport Committee’s new community transport report.  

The report, Community transport and the Department for Transport's proposed consultation, calls on the Government to think seriously about the future of community transport.

There is concern about a licensing issue which could make it much harder to run community transport, particularly volunteer-run services, and for local authorities to commission them.

Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

"We welcome the Transport Committee’s recommendations on safeguarding the future of community transport.  Community Transport is vital for people across the country, especially in places where bus routes have been cut, or where there is simply not enough demand for a commercial bus service to run.

“The Government, community transport providers and local authorities must now work together to ensure that the community transport sector can continue to connect people up to services, friends and family - otherwise even more people will be left alone in their homes, isolated from social contact."

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • The report is available on request from the Transport Committee – community transport: committee announces report publication
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).