Blogs - Save our Buses
22 January 2018
When it comes to motorised transport, the bus is definitely the poor relation. It doesn’t appear to have the same appeal to decision makers that road and rail have. Indeed, both these forms of transport consume vast public resources in comparison to buses, yet buses are an essential form of...
23 October 2017
Rural bus services are in crisis throughout Britain. Public sector austerity cuts have resulted in local authorities reducing support for rural bus networks. The insanely unfair system of reimbursement for English National Concessionary Travel (ENCT) senior passes discriminates against rural bus...
31 August 2017
Saving a bus route is hard, and restoring cuts once they've happened is even harder. But when the frequency of bus no. 18 was reduced, Lancaster Bus Users' Group didn't let that stop them. Chair Jim Davies tells the story of how negotiating and working with the local authority and bus company...
09 August 2017
Has your bus journey ever included a free ice cream?! Mark Holroyd, the New Forest National Park Authority’s Transport, Access and Sustainable Tourism Manager, tells us about how, after bus subsidies were cut, savvy marketing, the support of sponsors and increasing bus frequencies gave the 112...
05 July 2017
When the Epping Forest Transport Action Group found out about proposals to cut evening services on the 250 and 251, cutting off anyone who worked evening shifts or wanted to go out in the evening, it sprang into action. Dave Plummer, the group organiser, explains how they are campaigning to save...
01 June 2017
The concept of Total Transport is creating waves in the local transport world, potentially linking up bus services with other road transport services (like patient transport and school transport) to pool resources and make savings. James Coe, Policy and Public Affairs Executive at the Community...
26 April 2017
Air pollution is killing thousands of people every year in the UK. Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, explains how buses can help clean up the air that we breathe.
23 March 2017
Next week, the Bus Services Bill will be debated in the House of Commons, and MPs will have a final chance to make any amendments. More journeys are taken by bus every day than any other mode of public transport. Yet for buses to be in the policy spotlight is a rare event, and one worth...
30 January 2017
Rural areas are losing their buses. And without buses, many residents are also losing access to a whole range of other services. So says Andy Dean, one of the Directors of Rural England CIC, who produced a report this month entitled State of Rural Services 2016. Andy has written this guest blog...
09 November 2016
After a long-running campaign by the charity Guide Dogs, the Government have agreed to make all buses accessible to people with sight loss and hearing loss by requiring all buses to have audio and visual information on-board. Rachel Kitchin of the Guidedogs Campaign Team explains more