14 March 2019
According to the latest annual Bus Passenger Survey by independent watchdog, Transport Focus, almost nine in 10 bus passengers were satisfied with their journey. Responding to the results, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Buses are a popular way to travel, and no wonder: they do a brilliant job of connecting us to jobs, shops and services while reducing traffic and pollution - just one double-decker bus can take 75 cars off the road. But with bus services being cut up and down the country, many people don't have a chance to enjoy the benefits of bus travel. We need a National Coach and Bus Investment Strategy to preserve lifeline bus services so that more people have a chance to love the bus."
On congestion, Darren Shirley said:
"The Bus Passenger Survey shows that traffic congestion is the number one factor affecting the length of bus journeys. We need many more bus lanes and other bus priority measures so that buses can travel more smoothly. This will trigger a virtuous circle, tempting drivers out of their cars and into speedier buses: a win for everyone."
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Notes to editors
1. The results of the Bus Passenger Survey are available on the Transport Focus website.
2. 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).