13 May 2021
Responding to reports that social distancing on buses is to be eased, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"As England prepares to take the next step out of lockdown, we are pleased that the Government has listened to some of the concerns of the unprecedented coalition coordinated by Campaign for Better Transport. This coalition – representing shops, offices, restaurants, venues, public transport providers and trades unions that employ millions between them – laid out its concerns about social distancing and public transport in a letter to the Prime Minister on 7 May . We welcome the fact that these concerns are being addressed in relation to buses. But trains and trams are also critical to getting people back into city centres. Without more being done we risk slowing down the high street recovery as many people will simply stay away, or worse seeing towns and cities that are more reliant on public transport being left behind while car-heavy areas experience increased pollution and congestion. We hope that the Government continues to send a loud and clear message that travelling by public transport is both safe and desirable."
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Notes to Editors
1. The letter can be read here. It was signed by British Beer and Pub Association, British Chamber of Commerce, British Independent Retailers Association, British Retail Consortium, Campaign for Better Transport, CBI, Confederation of Passenger Transport, Federation of Small Businesses, London First, New West End Company, Night Time Industries Association, Rail Delivery Group, TUC, UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre, UK Tram, UK Hospitality, Urban Transport Group.
2. Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).