30 September 2019
Reacting to the Chancellor's announcement of a National Bus Strategy, support for low-emission buses and funding to improve existing routes and restore lost services, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"We welcome the announcement of a National Bus Strategy, which is sorely needed to support this vital transport mode. Millions of people rely on buses to get to school, work and training, shops and services, and to ease loneliness.
"Whilst the funding and projects for one year are welcome, there needs to be a long-term funding settlement for buses to give local authorities and bus operators the ability to plan for years to come and ensure the sustainability of critical services for communities while stemming the cuts in services and working to increase patronage.
"As part of the National Bus Strategy the Government should also set a deadline for all new buses to be zero emissions (electric or hydrogen) by 2025. To support this, it should put in place a sector deal for bus manufacturing to increase the capacity of the UK bus industry to replace the existing bus fleet."
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Notes to editors
Campaign for Better Transport has called for a National Bus Strategy, a fleet replacement programme with zero emission buses, improved data availability and contactless ticketing, most recently in our September 2019 report, The future of the bus.
Bus manufacturer Wrightbus, one of Northern Ireland's biggest employers, went into administration last week. A bus manufacturing sector deal should help equip the sector for the future.
Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. We campaign to bring sustainable transport to all and ensure solutions are delivered that improve the wellbeing of communities, quality of life and the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).