17 July 2018
Responding to the launch of a Transport Select Committee inquiry into the health of the bus market in England outside London, Steve Chambers, public transport campaigner for Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“This inquiry is well timed, given the results of our recent Buses in Crisis report, which showed local buses are in poor health. One of the main problems is the lack of a national strategy or investment plan to support bus services. Without these, the prognosis is grim and we will see more and more people cut off from public transport with grave economic and social consequences.
“Thankfully the Bus Services Act 2017 gives councils more powers to help improve buses in their area. There are already some councils that have started to use these new powers, but we think the Government should be doing more to promote and support them. We’ve produced a guide to help councils make the most of their new powers.
“We will be submitting evidence to this inquiry and we would urge anyone who has an interest in keeping local buses running to send in their views too.”
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Notes to Editors
- Read more about the Transport Select Committee inquiry into the bus market in England outside London.
- Read Campaign for Better Transport’s Buses in Crisis 2018 report.
- Read Campaign for Better Transport’s Three stages to better bus services using the Bus Services Act.
- 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).