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Competition launched to bring down bus fares

8 June 2009
Campaign for Better Transport has launched a competition to find the most expensive local bus journey in the country. By highlighting expensive routes Campaign for Better Transport hope to shame the Government into bringing down fares by investing more in buses. The person who submits the most expensive journey will win a £50 voucher.

Sarah Matthews, a campaigner in the group, said,

“More people would travel by bus if it were cheaper. Higher bus use would reduce traffic, making it easier for us to get around, and be better for the environment. Affordable buses are also a lifeline for many people, making it possible for them to get to work, the shops, the GP and other services. Through this competition we hope to shame the Government into investing more in buses, to bring down the price of bus fares. Funding could go directly to local councils to upgrade services, but could also go to bus priority measures – like bus lanes – to bring down operating costs.”

To enter the competition, people should visit the Campaign for Better Transport website, www.bettertransport.org.uk or email journey details (distance travelled or time taken or destinations served), and cost, along with their name and your email address to campaigns@bettertransport.org.uk.

The competition closes on 31 July.