15 September 2011
A double decker campaign bus will be stopping at Victoria Square in Birmingham on Monday (19 Sept) to highlight Government cuts to bus funding and give local bus users a chance to tell politicians exactly how important buses are to them.
Campaign for Better Transport is taking the Save our Buses campaign bus to each of the main party conferences, starting with the Liberal Democrat Conference, and inviting people to get on board and make their views on local buses heard. Visitors to the campaign bus will be able to share personal experiences of bus cuts with politicians to help them understand the impact of loss of services, discuss the wider role of buses and how to protect them from cuts, get tips on setting up local campaigns and find out how to get involved in the national Save our Buses campaign.
Norman Baker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for State for Transport, will be visiting the bus to hear first-hand the effect of bus cuts. The campaigners are asking the Government to scrap the planned cuts in bus funding next year, which could result in further service cuts and higher fares.
Sophie Allain, Campaign for Better Transport’s bus campaigner, said: “The campaign bus aims to bring together the people affected by bus cuts with the politicians making the cuts so they can understand the impact their decisions have on real people. We want to make sure the humble bus isn’t forgotten in the halls of Westminster.”
Stuart Horne is travelling from Wem, near Shrewsbury, to visit the bus. He said: “All bus services to Shrewsbury on Sunday have been scrapped and the town centre is now deserted. Politicians may not see the effects of transport, but in rural areas local transport is a life line. Cut that life line and the valuable rural economy is destroyed, as is the morale of the communities.”
Sibyl Ruth, a bus user from Kings Heath in Birmingham who plans to visit the bus, said: “Cuts in bus services and rises in fares will force more cars onto the city’s congested roads and result in a worse quality of life for everyone. MPs tend to travel by train and car so I think they need reminding how much their constituents rely on buses.”
The Save our Buses campaign bus will be in Birmingham’s Victoria Square from 9am until 5pm.
Notes to Editors
Media are welcome to attend. Norman Baker will be visiting the bus at 12:20.
1. Campaign for Better Transport is holding an evening fringe meeting, Save our Buses: How can we protect vital services to our villages and towns?, at 6.15pm on Monday 19 September in Room 105, Jurys Inn, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HQ.
2. Save Our Buses is a campaign from Campaign for Better Transport that makes the case for buses to Government decision-makers and supports local campaign groups to fight bus cuts in their area. For more information, or to view the interactive map showing bus cuts across the county, visit the Save Our Buses website.
3. 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).