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Blog - Future of buses

Find out more about our work on buses.

  • 17 March 2021

    After years of campaigning, we finally saw the fruits of our labours on Monday when the Government published the long-awaited National Bus Strategy for England.

  • 12 March 2021
    Photo: boarding the bus

    The man on the Clapham omnibus - that decades old exemplifier of public opinion - is sadly rather hard to find these days. The buses still run to Clapham, and generally run to time, but all too often these are ghost buses, trundling up and down looking for passengers.

  • 12 February 2021
    Photo: bus passengers

    Like many rural dwellers, I have mixed feelings towards my local public transport. The buses through my Suffolk village are not exactly convenient – they're almost as rare as hens' teeth – but I've missed travelling on them this past year, not least for the community spirit on board. The trains...

  • 16 March 2020
    man waiting for a bus

    Bus journeys have been in decline for years, from a high of over 13 billion in the mid-1950s to 4.8 billion last year. Of course changes to lifestyle and the growth in private car ownership have contributed to changes in travel habits, but when the railways are the busiest since Victorian times...

  • 25 October 2019
    Photo: bus passenger

    Our new report shows that once again funding for buses has decreased, with 243 services around the country having been lost or reduced in the past year. But next year could be different: with the Government promising a National Bus Strategy and new multi-year funding settlement, there’s a chance...

  • 07 October 2019
    Girl on bus

    Typical isn't it, you wait decades for a new bus policy and then two come along at once.

    Well, nearly at once. The Chancellor announced last week that a National Bus Strategy is to be developed, arguably the first strategic steer for bus policy since they were deregulated over 30 years...

  • 30 September 2019

    Years of campaigning by Campaign for Better Transport and others has finally paid off with the announcement that the Government will deliver a National Bus Strategy next year, meaning buses will no longer be the Cinderella of transport modes.

  • 06 September 2019
    passengers at a bus stop

    With 4.4 billion journeys made by bus each year, buses are the backbone of transport networks across the country. But in recent years, falling passenger numbers and cuts to services have left many communities disconnected. Following the Chancellor's announcement of £200m this week to "put the...

  • 29 July 2019

    When severe service cuts were threatened, Bus Users Shropshire took action, helping to trigger nearly 1,000 responses to the Council’s consultation. Les Lumsdon picks up the story in this guest blog.

  • 08 July 2019
    two ladies on the bus

    We already know buses are important for more than just getting to work or appointments - they bring friends and family together, help us take part in activities, be members of clubs and get out and about to do the things we enjoy - so as part of this year’s Catch the Bus Week we invited you to...