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National Save our Buses campaign: next stop Manchester

30 September 2011
A double decker campaign bus will be stopping in Albert Square in Manchester on Monday and Tuesday (3 and 4 Oct) 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.

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.”

Su Wilson, from Rochdale who plans to visit the bus, said: “Bus cuts mean I am now faced with the prospect of either walking seven and a half miles home after a night shift, or waiting two hours for a bus. Evening services have been replaced by a 'local link' service but the fares are more expensive than getting a taxi.”

Dr Graeme Sherriff, from Manchester Friends of the Earth, said: "Reliable, affordable bus services encourage people out of their cars and play a vital role in reducing the carbon footprint of our cities. Cuts to buses will hit the poorest hardest and make climate change targets more difficult to achieve, hardly evidence of the greenest Government ever.”

The Save our Buses campaign bus will be in Albert Square in front of the Town Hall from 9am until 8pm on Monday, and from 9am to 5pm on Tuesday.

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?, from 6pm on Monday 3 October in the Senate Suite of the Ramada Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Portland Street, Manchester M1 4PH.

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).