Buses connect millions of people to jobs and college, shops and services, friends and family. Three out of every five public transport journeys are made by bus, but they are often overlooked at a national policy level.
We believe there should be a National Bus Strategy because buses are vital to our communities. And we're not alone. Today, encouraged by emails from our supporters, MPs from all the main parties came to our event - run with the support of the Go-Ahead Group - to show their support for a National Bus Strategy.
It was great to talk with so many MPs who recognise buses' potential to combat loneliness, reduce traffic jams and air pollution, support the economy and help tackle climate change. To fully realise this potential we need a National Bus Strategy, backed by central Government support, giving operators and local authorities the long term reassurance they need to grow and develop services.
A National Bus Strategy would help to:
- Protect vital local bus services
- Make buses greener, instilling the confidence needed to invest in green technology
- Tackle loneliness, connecting people to community
- Drive economic growth, getting people to work and to the high street
With MPs from all the main parties supporting a National Bus Strategy, and the Commons Transport Committee also agreeing with us, we hope it won't be true for much longer that this vital transport mode is the only one without a strategy to support it.