6 July 2018
Campaign for Better Transport welcomed the Government's open data plan to give passengers real time bus services and fares information, but said more action was needed to ensure people have any bus services at all.
Steve Chambers, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“Buses are a lifeline for many people so while it is good to see some Bus Services Act innovation rolling out, in the form of real time information, we need urgent action to give more people and communities a usable bus service.
“A new guide we have just released aims to help local authorities use the Bus Services Act to improve bus services and also to create wider improvements in transport more generally, as well as in the local economy and the environment.
“Campaign for Better Transport also released its annual Buses in Crisis report this week, which showed local authorities' bus budgets have been cut by £182 million in the last eight years resulting in 3,347 routes altered, reduced or withdrawn. One of the main recommendations in the report is for the Government to support and encourage local authorities to use the Bus Services Act to maintain and restore local bus services.”
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Notes to Editors
- Read the announcement from the DfT here: Real time information to transform bus travel in England
- Read our new guide here: Three stages to better bus services using the Bus Services Act.
- Read more about Buses in Crisis 2018.
- Read more about the Bus Services Act.
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