23 September 2011
A double decker campaign bus will be stopping at Georges Pierhead in Liverpool on Monday (26 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 and inviting people to get on board to 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.
MPs including Maria Eagle, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport and MP for Garston and Halewood, 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.”
Cathy Coman from West Kirby, who plans to visit the bus, said: "Cuts to buses curtail my job opportunities and make me feel increasingly disenfranchised. If you can't afford your own transport then your ability to work is directly affected because you have no way of getting to your place of employment. I think politicians need to address this issue as it’s the poorest in society who seem to be suffering disproportionately in the current economic climate."
Erin Carberry is 17-years-old and attends at Liverpool Community College. She is one of a group of students who will be visiting the bus. She said: “I live five miles away from college so convenient and cost effective travel is essential for me and any prices rises or bus route cuts will affect me directly. Trying to keep my spending to a minimum is becoming increasingly difficult and this worries me because I don’t want travel costs to become a barrier to my personal development.”
The Save our Buses campaign bus will be on Georges Pierhead in front of the Museum of Liverpool from 9am until 5pm.
Notes to Editors
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 18:00 on Monday 26 September at Hamiltons, Liverpool Ferry Terminal, Georges Parade, Liverpool L1 1DD.
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).