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Campaign for Better Transport and bus operators set out priorities for the next government

11 November 2019

The bus industry and Campaign for Better Transport have joined forces to set out their priorities for the next government in a new document launched today (11 November).

The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), which represents bus operators across the UK and Campaign for Better Transport, which campaigns for all communities to have access to high quality sustainable transport, have called on the next government to put policies designed to get more people onto the bus at the centre of their policy making.

Buses carry more people than all other forms of public transport combined and by investing bus the next government has the opportunity to better connect people in cities, towns and villages with work, education and family and friends. A focus on buses will also enable the industry and local authority partners to lead the way on the road to zero emissions and improve air quality in our towns and cities.

CPT’s and Campaign for Better Transport’s priorities for government include:

  • Delivering a national bus strategy that has tackling congestion and providing more reliable journey times at its core
  • Introducing a long term funding settlement so operators can invest with confidence in zero emission buses, multi operator daily and weekly price capped ticketing and reduced travel costs for job seekers and apprentices
  • Making passenger journeys faster and more reliable through ensuring bus-first policies feature in bids for local infrastructure funding.

CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler said: “As parties hit the campaign trail in earnest we want to hear them talking about their plans for buses and the millions of people who use them each day. The bus industry has led the way by setting out plans for more ultra-low and zero emission buses, simpler ticketing and discounted travel for job seekers and apprentices and we need the next government to work with us to deliver these and help many more people choose to use the bus.”

Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: "A National Bus Strategy, backed up by central government funding, can put the bus on the road to a brighter
future and help reconnect communities, boost local economies and tackle the loneliness. Ensuring all buses are zero emission by 2035 will also improve air quality and help the UK hit its net zero target. It's now up to the next Government to seize the opportunity to turn around the fortunes of communities up and down the country that rely on the bus."

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For further information or interview requests please contact Tom Bartošák-Harlow, CPT External Relations Manager tom.bartosak-harlow@cpt-uk.org or 020 7257 2503/ 07827 949379

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. The priorities for government document can be viewed in full here.
  2. The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is the national trade association representing bus and coach operators.
  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).