To the editor
The decision by Carlyle to tell its employees to avoid public transport (Financial Times: Carlyle staff told to avoid public transport on London office return, 18 August) is not based on facts and fails to reflect the realities of travelling on public transport.
Reacting to the announcement that bus funding has been extended, CPT’s Chief Executive Graham Vidler said:
“Buses are essential in getting millions of people to work, education, retail and leisure venues and to see family and friends. Operators have put in place extensive safer travel arrangements and it’s great to see passengers responding by returning in increasing numbers. It remains important for passengers to follow guidance on safer travel, particularly the requirement to wear face coverings.
Reacting to the announcement that there will be a multi-million-pound funding package for school transport, CPT’s Chief Executive Graham Vidler said:
“Buses and coaches get more than a million children to school each day. Ensuring that a safe home to school network is fully running will be a crucial component of a successful return to school in September, and we are pleased the government has recognised this with additional funding.
In February 2020 Department for Transport (DfT) announced £5 billion of new funding for bus services and cycling. £2 billion has been allocated to active travel and £3 billion to bus travel. Of the £3 billion of new funding for buses, DfT has suggested an initial allocation of funding £1 billion to support investment in 4,000 zero emissions vehicles.
Following the Prime Minister's announcement that the avoid public transport message has been dropped CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler said:
“Operators have worked hard to ensure that buses are safe for both passengers and drivers. Moving away from the damaging avoid public transport message will be an important step in giving people the confidence to travel and we look forward to welcoming more passengers back onto buses.
The reaction is in response to the Government’s announcement that tyres aged 10 years and older will be banned from coach, bus, and lorries in new measures to improve road safety.