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Blog - Future of buses

Find out more about our work on buses.

  • 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
    Photo: London Mayor Sadiq Khan with Campaign for Better Transport team and speakers from the summit

    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
    Photo: man on bus

    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
    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.