21 October 2014
Campaign for Better Transport has commented on the unanimous decision by the North East Combined Authority to implement a Quality Contract Scheme for local bus services
Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“People in the Northeast of England are rightly very concerned about massive cuts to bus services and want to protect this vital mode of transport. We appreciate that local authorities are facing tough decisions over how to continue delivering public transport in the face of huge funding cuts but buses are millions of people’s only way to reach jobs, health and family so it’s essential local and national government find ways to safeguard this most important of transport networks.”
More journeys are made by bus than by any other transport mode. Yet since 2010, over £180 million has been cut from central and local Government spending on buses meaning cuts to services and huge swathes of the country being cut off completely.
“What bus users need is reliable, affordable and integrated services. Campaign for Better Transport is pleased that both the authority and operators in the North East are offering better services with more say for users and communities and we want to see these benefits - multi-operator and multi-modal smart tickets, improved services, user involvement - rolled out across the country. The industry must offer these benefits itself, as it is already starting to do in some places, whether or not local authorities step in.”
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1. 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).
2. Quality contracts allow authorities to take control of fare revenues, routes and timetables from private bus operators and re-invest a greater proportion of the profits in local services, with operators paid a fee for providing a specified service.
3. After a consultation period earlier this year, Nexus has been authorised by a vote of the North East Combined Authority council to go ahead with a Quality Contract Scheme for buses in the area.