8 November 2007
The Campaign for Better Transport  welcomes today’s announcement that the Government’s Local Transport Bill will create a national bus passenger watchdog .
Cat Hobbs, the group’s public transport campaigner, said:
"We’ve been pushing for this for a long time. We’re glad the Government has listened to us, and to the millions of bus passengers in this country, and agreed to create a watchdog. Because buses are overwhelming a local concern, the Government will need to give local authorities sufficient funding, and the new watchdog a strong local structure, to ensure these good words about improving people’s bus experiences can become reality."
"If these changes are done right, they will help to make buses a real alternative to driving – something we urgently need. Today’s quarterly traffic statistics reveal an increase in traffic . The Local Transport Bill needs to not just cut congestion but actually reduce traffic if we are to improve communities and tackle climate change."
 The Government announcement about the Local Transport Bill: http://www.gnn.gov.uk/environment/fullDetail.asp?ReleaseID=328950&NewsAreaID=2&NavigatedFromDepartment=False
 Traffic in Great Britain: Quarter 3 2007: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/roadstraffic/traffic/qbtrafficgb/2007/trafficingbq32007