17 May 2019
Reacting to the report produced today by Transport Focus, Making bus a better choice for young people, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Bus services enhance young people's lives, connecting them to education, apprenticeships, jobs and social activities, so we welcome this report which includes important recommendations to enable more young people to choose the bus. Increasing young people’s bus use can also reduce traffic on our roads at the busiest times of day as well as making bus services more viable, benefitting us all.
"The report includes encouraging examples of bus operators and local authorities working together to encourage young people to catch the bus. This is something that the Bus Services Act of 2017 can make easier. We want to see more local authorities taking up the powers in the Act.
"We also want to see a National Coach and Bus Investment Strategy that would protect vital bus services and support the greening and modernisation of the bus fleet, including implementing technologies such as contactless payment, modern journey planning services and Wi-Fi on buses."
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