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Campaigners respond to Queens Speech and welcome new Bus Services Bill

18 May 2016

Responding to the Queen’s Speech today Campaign for Better Transport welcomed the new powers announced in the Bus Services Bill but warned that the Government risks focusing on futuristic technology at the expense of everyday transport. 

 

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

“Autonomous vehicles and space ports are all well and good, but most people would prefer to see their everyday transport sorted out first: the Bus Services Bill will be a step in the right direction.

"The Bill will give local authorities which have agreed devolution deals, and maybe others, more power to plan and manage local bus services. This should help authorities tempt people out of their cars into buses in our cities, but it must also ensure people living in isolated, rural areas are not forgotten and that they also benefit.

"Over the last few years we have seen bus services badly hit by cuts to local authority budgets so additional powers in the Bus Services Bill must come with assurances over funding to deliver better services.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Read the Queen’s Speech 2016 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).