Blog - Future of buses
Find out more about our work on buses.
24 January 2022
Buses are essential. They account for more than two thirds of all public transport journeys and are an environmentally friendly option for local trips. People with no access to private vehicles, including many younger, older or disabled people, and those on low incomes, rely on good and...
04 January 2022
A guest blog post by Jeff Counsell, Managing Director of Trentbarton.
When I was first asked to consider writing this blog it was the start of this summer and, while keen to do so, I found it difficult to produce something with relevance, such was the speed of change around us.
01 December 2021
All local transport authorities have now submitted their Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs) to the Department for Transport (DfT). The plans are the first step in delivering fully integrated, quality bus services for all, as outlined in the national bus strategy, Bus Back Better.
16 September 2021
The vast majority of people now recognise the urgency of tackling climate change and air pollution, and the Government has committed to ensuring transport plays its part in reducing both greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants harmful to our health and the planet's.
30 July 2021
A guest blog by Sarah Welfare, Head of Policy and Research at Reed in Partnership.
"While many people have been able to do their jobs from home during the pandemic, the opportunity to do so has not been one equally shared between higher and lower earners. As the Office for National...
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
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
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
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
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...