18 October 2019
Responding to the publication of the Government's response to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee inquiry into the Health of the Bus Market in England, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Operators and national and local government now need to work together to deliver for passengers, communities and the economy and to cut carbon emissions.
"The Government needs to move ahead with producing the National Bus Strategy, which is sorely needed to support this vital means of transport for communities across the country. Millions of people rely on buses to get to school, work and training, shops and services, and to ease loneliness.
"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 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.
The Government's response to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee inquiry into the Health of the Bus Market in England can be read online.
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).