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Local Transport Act must improve things for bus passengers

26 November 2008
After securing a strengthened Local Transport Act [1], Campaign for Better Transport says it looks forward to seeing action to improve local bus services.  Cat Hobbs, the group’s public transport campaigner, says:

“The Act is good news. Local authorities now have a big opportunity to improve buses for passengers, by using their new powers to improve bus networks and set up Integrated Transport Authorities. The Government must support this work by providing ringfenced funding to stop fare rises and bus cuts. Buses have huge potential to help us reduce traffic, congestion and carbon emissions.”

Notes to editors

[1] The Local Transport Bill received royal assent today. Campaign for Better Transport lobbied successfully for a new statutory bus passenger watchdog, competition guidance that enables bus companies to work together better and more pressure on local authorities to reduce carbon emissions from transport. It argues that the Government should give the new watchdog, Passenger Focus, the task of dealing with complaints appeals (which it does already for rail passengers).