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NAO report on improving local bus services: Campaign for Better Transport responds

2 October 2020

Responding to the National Audit Office's report on 'Improving local bus services in England outside London', Alice Ridley, Head of Media and Communications at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"We welcome this report, which reflects the vital role that buses play in connecting people to opportunities, tackling loneliness and reducing carbon emissions. Through a national bus strategy, the Government should set out a positive vision for the future of bus travel. It should reform bus funding so that it is targeted at delivering specific benefits, such as connecting transport deserts, increasing passenger numbers, integrating buses with other transport and shifting to zero-carbon buses. And it should support local authorities by building their capacity and capability and ensuring adequate levels of long-term funding to improve certainty."

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For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

The National Audit Office's report on Improving local bus services in England outside London can be read online.

Campaign for Better Transport's July 2020 report, Covid-19 Recovery: Renewing the transport system, includes recommendations on future Government support for local transport (page 26-29). It calls for bus funding to be reformed and better targeted at delivering specific benefits against desired outcomes, such as increasing bus use and ensuring socially necessary services that are critical to communities are in place.

Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).