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Campaigners respond to Buses Bill speech

11 February 2016

Campaign for Better Transport responds to Bus Minister, Andrew Jones MP, speech at today’s Bus Summit outlining the government’s forthcoming Buses Bill.

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“We look forward to seeing more detail about how exactly this bill will help people and communities, particularly in rural and isolated areas, stay connected. People living in rural  areas have been hit the hardest by local authority funding cuts to supported bus services and they  must not be forgotten and should also benefit from these new powers.

However, we welcome the Minister’s commitment that passengers should receive better information about their journey with bus operators making data about routes, fares and times more open and accessible. This will make using the bus much easier and will also help to maximise modal shift from cars to buses.

With the scale of cuts we are now seeing urgent action must be taken by the Government and we hope the Buses Bill will ensure buses have the funding they need and deserve."

ENDS

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

Notes to Editors 

Read Andrew Jones MP Buses Bill speech which he gave at today’s (11 February) here –  speech

View Campaign for Better Transport’s new interactive map showing the scale of cuts to supported bus services across England and Wales here.

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).