26 March 2012
Responding to the Government’s bus reforms announced today, Sophie Allain, Campaign for Better Transport’s public transport campaigner, said:
“The new bus policy is welcome and giving councils more powers and funding may help, but today’s announcement is just a silver lining to a big black cloud of bus cuts and doesn't deal with the cuts to services across the country. These cuts matter because they stop people getting to jobs and training and also harm high street trade. The underfunding of the free bus pass scheme for pensioners and deep cuts in government bus funding still need to be urgently addressed. However, the proposals today do give councils new opportunities to improve buses and we will be pressing councils to use them.”
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).