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Backing buses; 28 organisations write to the PM

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21 February 2011: From real ale drinkers to school children and ramblers; 28 organisations come together to speak up for buses!

A diverse group of charities and organisations have joined Campaign for Better Transport in writing a letter to the Prime Minister to urge him to do more to protect buses as spending cuts look set to drastically reduce services.

The letter is signed by a range of organisations including AgeUK, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Campaign for Real Ale, Citizens Advice, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, National Children’s Bureau, TUC, Women's Institute and The Ramblers Association, highlights the social, economic and environmental impacts of cuts to bus services and calls on David Cameron to do more to protect the bus network to prevent irreparable damage to our most popular form of public transport.

This letter was copied to ministers in Government Departments from education, to health, to justice; because all parts of Government need to examine their role in supporting people’s travel options. In some cases this might be through their support for school or social services transport. In other cases it is a matter of considering public transport when planning and changing services.

This broad spectrum of organisations speaking out in support of buses is a great start to the campaign.