February 07 2020
Following the Government's announcement of funding to create the UK's first all electric bus towns, superbus networks and to restore lost bus routes. The Confederation of Passenger Transport has issued the following statement:
Confederation of Passenger Transport Chief Executive Graham Vidler said:
“This is excellent news for bus passengers. Buses account for around half of all public transport journeys and are vital in getting people to work, school or college or connecting with family and friends. Today’s announcement will mean more local authorities and operators working together to deliver real improvements for passengers.
“This funding must be the beginning, rather than the end, of transforming bus services across our country. To truly make an impact in connecting communities and tackling the climate emergency the forthcoming national bus strategy must have reducing congestion at its core to deliver the quicker journeys that will encourage people to leave their car at home and take the bus. Our target of a 20% increase in passenger numbers over the next decade will save two million tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere”.
“We all need to build on today’s announcement and ensure this opportunity is not squandered.”