2 July 2019
MPs showed their support for local bus services and backed calls for a National Bus Strategy at an event held in the House of Commons today.
MPs from across the UK attended an event in Parliament hosted by Campaign for Better Transport calling on the Government to introduce a national strategy to support local buses, that would cut air pollution, tackle loneliness and drive economic growth.
Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Buses are the backbone of our public transport network. We are calling on the Government to introduce a National Bus Strategy to support local bus services across the country and help tackle loneliness, grow local economies and reduce congestion and pollution.
“MPs from across the country, and from all of the main political parties, have shown today that they support a National Bus Strategy, in line with the recommendation of the cross-party Commons Transport Select Committee. The Government should take action and publish a National Bus Strategy as part of the upcoming Spending Review.”
Katy Taylor, Commercial and Customer Director at Go-Ahead Group, a transport company backing the calls for a National Bus Strategy, said: “Buses provide access to employment and education, enable sustainable growth and help tackle loneliness and social isolation. Whilst we are seeing bus journeys increase in some parts of the country, a National Bus Strategy would enable more people to make a positive choice to take a greener form of transport.
Campaign for Better Transport has been calling for a National Bus Strategy since 2016 to address the decline in local bus services. A National Bus Strategy would ensure the Government focuses on protecting and improving bus services across the country by:
- Combining funding from public sector spending on buses within a long-term framework to give local authorities and bus operators the ability to maximise the benefits of investment, plan properly for the future and ensure no further services are lost
- Speeding up the move to low and zero emission vehicles to help national and local government meet environmental and public health objectives, support jobs in bus manufacturing and help establish the UK amongst the international leaders on clean mass transport
- Establishing a programme of investment in physical and virtual infrastructure to support buses including a new generation of modal interchanges, targeted investments to make motorways and other strategic roads more bus-friendly and initiatives to encourage the development of multi-modal ticketing and journey planning.
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Notes to Editors
1. In May, the Transport Select Committee published its report, Bus Services in England outside London. One of its recommendations was that the Government introduce a national strategy for buses by 2020.
2. The event in Parliament was supported by the Go-Ahead Group, a transport provider that has been publicly calling for a National Bus Strategy.
3. 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).