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Campaigners welcome door-to-door strategy and better bus ticketing guidance

14 March 2013
Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the publication of a strategy for Door to Door travel by the Department for Transport.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport said:

"We need to improve the transport choices people have every time they step out the door. Campaign for Better Transport has consistently argued that joining each part of the journey up makes alternatives to the car more attractive - for convenience, cost and impact. This strategy is an important first step in making that happen."

Campaign for Better Transport also welcomed the publication of guidance on multi-operator ticketing to improve bus services.

Stephen Joseph said

"DfT's guidance on multi-operator ticketing for buses is great news. We've successfully argued that it shouldn't be against competition law for bus operators to work together to benefit passengers. This is clearly what the public wants and this guidance should mean that good practice like the Network St Albans partnership in which we are involved can happen more widely."

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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 Door-to-door strategy has been published today (14 March) by the Department for Transport.

3. Multi-operator ticketing guidance has been published today (14 March) by the Department for Transport

The guidance follows legal opinion sought by Campaign for Better Transport in 2007 that the Office of Fair Trading needed to clarify bus competition rules.

The Competition Commission subsequently published their Local Bus Service Market Investigation in December 2010.

4. Network St Albans comprises Campaign for Better Transport, Hertfordshire County Council, St Albans City & District Council, St Albans Chamber of Commerce, University of Hertfordshire, and local bus and train operating companies. The main aims are to improvement local passenger transport services for those who live and work in St Albans and the surrounding area, thereby providing viable alternatives to car use and promoting sustainable travel. This includes the development of multi-operator ticketing across the city.