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Funding for cleaner buses welcomed but we need a bus strategy that works for everyone, say campaigners

8 February 2018

Campaign for Better Transport responds today, 8 February, to the announcement made by the Bus and Coach Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, that funds will be made available to enable older buses to meet the minimum standards in the Clean Air Zone Framework.

Chris Todd, Bus campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“Investment in retrofitting older buses to reduce harmful emissions is welcome. Buses play an essential part in our transport system, so upgrading services with cleaner buses is an important step towards the clean air that every community deserves.

“However, we'd like the Government to move away from small dollops of money for clean buses to long term funding to speed up the transition to cleaner buses and support a UK success story in green manufacturing.

“To make this investment count, the Government also needs to look at ways at keeping buses moving.  With the failure to reduce road traffic and tackle congestion we need to see more bus priority measures introduced, so these clean buses are not just stuck in traffic jams.

“While the Government has introduced investment strategies for other modes of transport, we are still waiting for one for buses. We need to see a long term bus investment strategy that works for everyone and places the bus at the heart of our transport system.”

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

Notes to Editors

  • Bus and Coach Minister Nusrat Ghani announces funding for 20 local authorities as part of the Clean Bus Technology Fund.
  • Read our Buses in Crisis research to get the full picture of the scale of bus cuts across England and Wales.
  • 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).