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Campaigners respond to new IPPR bus report

19 August 2015

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the publication of today's report from the Institute of Public Policy Research on "total transport authorities."

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

"Our research has shown that many bus services are being cut, especially in rural areas, and that this has real social and economic impacts, preventing people taking jobs, making access to healthcare and education more difficult, and leaving older people isolated.

"So we welcome the ideas in this report, which we believe offer new ways forward - we helped promote "total transport" projects and the proposals here would build on those and bring together all the transport services commissioned by public bodies. Different forms of franchising and funding, including with social enterprises, should be promoted - and with the Government's promised Buses Bill coming up there's an opportunity to get these ideas on to the statute book." 

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For further information please contact:

Martin Abrams at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6489 or martin.abrams@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

IPPR's new report – Total transport authorities: A new deal for town and rural bus services – will be available from Wednesday 19 August here: http://www.ippr.org/publications/total-transport-authorities-a-new-deal-for-town-and-rural-bus-services

Buses in crisis: A report on bus funding across England and Wales 2010 - 2015 was published on 12 January 2015 by Campaign for Better Transport based on Freedom of Information requests to all 110 local transport authorities across England and Wales. This is the fourth year that Campaign for Better Transport has monitored the impacts of cuts to supported bus services (those services funded by local authorities) in this way.