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Campaigners welcome announcement of new local transport powers in Queen's Speech, but urge Government to go further

27 May 2015

Campaign for Better Transport welcomes bills which would hand power over transport to city authorities in England, but calls for this to extend to other local authorities.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill together with the new Buses Bill, which will enable directly elected mayors to take responsibility for running their local buses, are welcome steps towards devolving power on transport down from Whitehall to the local level where decisions can be best taken to improve services. But these powers must extend further, including to rural areas, which have borne the brunt of bus budget cuts."
 

Stephen Joseph continued:

"London-style devolved transport powers could bring the same kinds of service improvements from which that city has benefited to long-neglected cities in the North of England and elsewhere. However, it is important that transport devolution is not just confined to the big cities but spreads across the country bringing together a better, integrated transport network, crucially in rural areas."

"Ultimately, people will judge this plan to move powers from Whitehall to local authorities on whether they get the better local transport services they deserve.”

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For further information please contact the Press Office at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 or james.maccoll@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. 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).

2. Our research shows that since 2010, local authority funding for bus services has been slashed by 15 per cent (£44m) with more than 2000 routes being reduced or withdrawn entirely all over the country.

3. Details of the Bills announced in the Queen's Speech, including the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill and the Buses Bill, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/queens-speech-2015-background-briefing-notes