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Zero Emission Bus Summit: Campaign for Better Transport calls for more Government support to accelerate move to cleaner vehicles

Friday 17 September

Local and central government representatives, bus manufacturers, transport operators and energy providers came together in London today (17 September) to discuss how to speed up the introduction of zero emission buses across the country.

The Zero Emission Bus Summit, which was organised by Campaign for Better Transport in partnership with Transport for London and hosted by the Mayor of London, brought together the key players and stakeholders needed to deliver a greener, better bus network to help transform our towns, cities and rural areas.  

Silviya Barrett, from Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Buses are already one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel and a zero-emission fleet will make them even greener, further reducing carbon emissions and air pollution. But our recent research with local authorities revealed that delivering the Government’s target for zero emission buses was one area where many authorities felt they lacked the necessary support and expertise. That’s why London’s commitment to a full zero emission fleet and today’s Summit are so important. Only by sharing knowledge and skills and working together, including targeted funding from government, can we achieve the clean, affordable and regular bus network the country needs to ensure more people use buses and leave their cars at home. That’s good news for the economy, communities and the environment.”

The Government’s National Bus Strategy aims to both increase bus use and accelerate the adoption of zero emission vehicles, but it relies on local authorities and operators working together to deliver a better and greener bus network. But after more than a decade of funding and service cuts, many local authorities no longer have the capacity or capability to deliver these objectives on their own.  

Campaign for Better Transport is calling for more support from central government in the form of additional funding, help building local authorities’ capabilities, speeding up the roll-out of charging infrastructure and more ways to encourage people to choose the bus to ensure the aims of the National Bus Strategy become a reality.  

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Photos from the event are available, please contact the press office on 07984 773 468 (calls only no texts) or communications@bettertransport.org.uk for more information.

Notes to Editors

The Zero Emission Bus Summit was organised by Campaign for Better Transport in partnership with Transport for London and hosted by the Mayor of London at City Hall, London. Speakers at the event included Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London; Councillor Liam Robinson, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality, Liverpool City Region; Caroline Watson, Director Transport and Urban Planning, C40 Cities; Jessica Matthew, Director of Local Transport, Department for Transport; Huw Merriman MP, Chair, House of Commons Transport Select Committee; Silviya Barrett, Head of Policy and Research, Campaign for Better Transport; Gareth Powell, Managing Director - Surface Transport, Transport for London; Daniel Fisher, Appraisal and Analysis Manager, Transport for Greater Manchester; Councillor Tim Bearder, Cabinet Member for Highway Management, Oxfordshire County Council; and James Willocks, Passenger Transport Manager, Shropshire Council.

The Mayor of London announced today that all new buses purchased for the capital will now be zero emission, bringing forward London’s target of a fully zero-emission bus network by three years to 2034. For more information see the Mayor of London’s press release.

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).