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Investment not competition is the future for buses - Statement from Campaign for Better Transport

13 September 2012
The Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the House of Commons Transport Select Committee's report on Competition in the Local Bus Market (2).

Richard Hebditch, Campaigns Director for the Campaign for Better Transport, said

"Millions rely on buses everyday, but bus services have faced really severe cuts which could lead a spiral of decline. The report from the Transport Committee shows that there can be a way forward, but it requires the Government to work together with local councils and operators. Things like Oyster-style smart cards, cooperation between councils and bus companies and better journey planning could transform bus services in the future but short-term cuts could deny us this opportunity. As the MPs have recognised, pursuing competition between bus companies as an end in itself won’t help anyone."

“We’re also really pleased that the Transport Committee is calling for a review of the roles and resourcing of the Traffic Commissioners. Our own research and the evidence from local areas shows that the way bus services are regulated is not working for passengers. A review of this could help ensure that partnerships between councils and bus companies deliver the basic standards of service we need.”

Notes to Editors

1. 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).

2. The Transport Select Committee report will be available via the Committee's page on the House of Commons website. Further information on the Committee's work is available from pearcehm@parliament.uk.