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£14bn and 10,000s of jobs at risk if coach travel sector collapses warns CPT

The collapse of the coach travel sector this winter could wipe almost 10% off the value of UK tourism, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has warned.

CPT & Rail Delivery Group: Letter to the editor

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 realiti…

CPT reacts: funding package for school transport

Reacting to the announcement that there will be a multi-million-pound funding package for school transport, CPT’s Chief Executive Graham Vidler said:

CPT reacts: government extends coronavirus support for buses

Reacting to the announcement that bus funding has been extended, CPT’s Chief Executive Graham Vidler said:

CPT reacts to end of avoid public transport message

Read CPT's reaction to the dropping of the avoid public transport message. 

Bus and coach industries collaborate to provide work opportunities for employees

The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has launched a database to help unlock temporary and permanent work opportunities for employees across the bus and coach industry.

CPT reacts to Campaign for Better Transport report ‘Covid-19 Recovery Renewing the Transport System’

CPT reacts to Campaign for Better Transport report ‘Covid-19 Recovery Renewing the Transport System’

CPT statement: Prime Minister’s New Deal announcement

CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler said: “Buses are central to delivering the Prime Minister’s New Deal by helping to connect people sustainably with new job and skill opportunities across the country."

CPT reacts to the announcement that the social distancing 2metre rule is to be eased

Responding to the Government’s announcement today that the social distancing 2metre rule will be eased, Confederation of Passenger Transport Chief Executive Graham Vidler said:

Coach operators call on Chancellor to support forgotten industry and save 10,000s of jobs

Over 550 coach travel operators have written to the Chancellor warning that without urgent support many of their businesses will go under as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic costing thousands of jobs.

CPT reacts to the announcement that face coverings will be mandatory on public transport

From CPT's chief executive, Graham Vidler: "Buses are already safe to use as operators have introduced enhanced cleaning regimes alongside other measures including restricting capacity, but making face coverings mandatory will give more pas…

CPT calls new bus funding a first step towards a more comprehensive network

Read CPT's reaction to the announcement of funding to help operators ramps up bus services 

CPT reacts to Prime Minister's Covid-19 update

Following the Prime Minister's Covid-19 update CPT has issued the following statement:

Coach tourism needs £65m a month as it faces fight for its future with 18 month winter warns CPT

Today the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) is calling on the Government to provide a support package worth £65m each month for the coach tourism industry.

Bus and coach industry pays tribute to key workers

The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) along with operators is today thanking everyone in the bus and coach industry for the work they are doing during the Covid-19 outbreak to keep key services running.

Tourist businesses worth billions may close because they are excluded from Government’s Coronavirus tourism and leisure rate relief scheme

Trade associations representing thousands of tourist businesses, together with the Local Government Association, have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking him to urgently change civil servants’ interpretation of his Coronavirus…

We need you to back Britain’s coaches says CPT

The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) is today launching ‘Back Britain’s Coaches’, a major initiative calling on the Government to provide support for the coach industry during the Covid-19 outbreak.

CPT statement - driver safety

“Bus operators across the country are providing an essential service at a time of national emergency. This couldn’t be done without the thousands of drivers and other staff doing an incredible job to keep routes running and keeping them and…

Almost £400million to keep England’s buses running

The package, agreed jointly with the bus industry, will keep key routes running to provide a lifeline for those who cannot work from home, including those travelling to jobs on the frontline of the UK’s fight against Covid-19, such as NHS s…

Scottish Government announces funding for Coach Tour operators

Following discussions with CPT Scotland, Scottish Government policy leads have confirmed that the depots/offices of Coach Tour operators will be included in the definition of leisure sector, and operators should now be able to access fundin…

CPT Cymru calls for further funding to deliver “emergency bus network”

CPT Cymru, the bus industry representative body in Wales, has highlighted that further funding will be required or bus operators will be unable to deliver an emergency bus network across Wales during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Department for Transport confirms financial support for bus and coach industry

Yesterday evening CPT’s Graham Vidler received a letter from Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, outlining steps the Government will take to support the bus and coach industry during the Covid-19 outbreak.

britain’s bus operators warn that tens of thousands of jobs could go within weeks unless the government agrees an immediate £1 billion rescue package

Ministers are being urged to get behind the industry now or risk the decimation of a national bus network that is getting critical sector employees to work during the current crisis and is central to communities and regional economies all y…

emergency support for the scottish bus industry

*This news article was originally published on the Transport Scotland website here

The Scottish Government will provide bus operators with additional financial assistance to maintain essential services. This is intended to offset the impac…

bus industry announces principles for playing its part in tackling covid-19

The bus industry is doing all it can to support the health and wellbeing of its customers, colleagues and the general public at this time of crisis.  We are playing our part in communicating the Government's public health advice to avoid un…

cpt reacts to school closures

Confederation of Passenger Transport Chief Executive Graham Vidler reacts to the decision to close schools across the UK during the Covid-19 outbreak.

bus and coach operators call on government to support industry and keep key workers moving

Ahead of the Chancellor’s announcement of further support for businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak bus and coach operators have called on the Government to provide emergency support to ensure networks continue to function and that t…