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Improve transport links and boost seaside economy, say campaigners

16 November 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds today, 16 November, to the publication of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Visitor Economy’s report into Coastal Communities. 

The report follows the APPG inquiry which looked at the economic benefits of getting more people to visit our coastal communities.

Chris Todd from Campaign for Better Transport said:

“A good public transport system will bring real benefit to our coastal communities, which rely on business growth, investment and tourism to flourish and it’s good to see the report recognise this.

“We need to see far more rail investment, with integrated ticketing, cheaper fares and a re-think on the way rail engineering works are carried out to lesson disruption for weekend travellers so that coastal communities are not left stranded. Coastal communities need a proper say in how the rail network and services are managed.

“Devastating cuts to bus services, which are undermining rural tourism and creating social isolation, need to be reversed if coastal communities are to survive.  There also needs to be greater investment in walking and cycling facilities to expand tourism and improve public health.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  •  Read the APPG for the Visitor Economy report into Coastal Communities here
  •  Read Campaign for Better Transport’s submission to the APPG 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).