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Help to improve local transport - back West of England devolution plans, urge campaigners

5 August 2016

Campaign for Better Transport is urging local people to have their say on the proposed West of England Mayoral Combined Authority before a public consultation ends on Monday 15 August.

Each of the 3 local authorities across the region will have to formally agree the devolution deal following a consultation with members of the public.  

Bus services across the west of England face considerable cuts to bus services, especially in rural areas. A new Mayor may have powers to raise new funds to support an attractive, affordable public transport system that gives people an alternative to driving and would have new powers to plan buses. 

Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“A new Mayoral Combined Authority could bring considerable benefits to residents across the West of England enabling a more integrated transport network with a joined-up approach to fares and ticketing.

“People need to be better connected and a new Mayoral Combined Authority can help get to grips with planning transport links to give people better access to their friends, family and vital public services. Of all the powers available to new Mayors, the power to improve transport has the greatest potential to improve people’s daily lives.  

“We urge everyone to complete the public consultation  to have their voice heard and ensure they get the transport system they deserve.”

Members of the public have until Monday 15 August to respond to the formal consultation  on the West of England Devolution website.

For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk 

Notes to Editors 

  • The West of England  Mayoral Combined Authority Online consultation can be seen here –  Have your say
  • The Bus Services Bill going through Parliament at the moment will grant franchising powers to Mayoral Authorities to improve local buses through planning routes; enabling joined-up ticketing valid across different bus operators; and set consistent bus fares, making it easier for passengers to plan their journeys. These powers will not automatically be granted to non-Mayoral authorities. 
  • This 'devolution' would mean that more decisions about spending on some public services would be made locally rather than nationally
  • The new Mayoral Combined Authority will be made up of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).